July 26, 2014

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Browns LB Scott Fujita: Litigation best option for players

Browns linebacker Scott Fujita sat in the meeting rooms. He listened to the mediator. He read the NFL’s proposals. “The hardcore economics of a deal wasn’t even close,” he said Wednesday by phone from California. “The league’s proposals got worse as time went on. “The NFL did a great job of spin control, manipulating the Read More…

ESPN analyst thinks Bowers fits with Browns — if he’s healthy

If Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers passes the medical tests, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay thinks he’s a natural for the Browns to select with the No. 6 pick in April. If Bowers is still available. Bowers didn’t work out at the scouting combine last month after surgery in January to repair what he Read More…

Josh Cribbs steaming mad over NFL kickoff rule change

Joshua Cribbs is steaming mad. He made a career, and millions of dollars, when he successfully converted from Kent State quarterback to elite kickoff returner with the Browns. After the NFL changed the kickoff rules Tuesday at the owners meetings in New Orleans, he’s afraid the next Cribbs will never get the same chance. “Returners Read More…

Browns special teamer Joshua Cribbs hot over new kickoff rule

Browns special teams ace Joshua Cribbs is fuming over the NFL’s decision to change kickoffs. “NFL rule changes are BS… U not making the game safer u messing a great sport, trynna hide behind safety just to add 2 games…smh,” Cribbs tweeted. The owners passed the rule change Tuesday at a league meeting in New Read More…

Browns: Mike Holmgren wants fans to keep the faith

BEREA – These are dark days in the NFL. The first work stoppage since 1987 – because the owners and players can’t agree how to divide $9 billion in revenues – has some fans irritated and the others irate. Free agency is on hold. So are negotiations between the league and the decertified union. However, Read More…

Browns notes: DL Robaire Smith gets medical clearance to play in 2011

BEREA – If there’s a 2011 NFL season, defensive lineman Robaire Smith has been cleared to play in it. Smith, 33, who’s a free agent after spending the last four seasons with the Browns, was recently given full medical clearance by renowned Los Angeles spine surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins, agent Michael Harrison said Monday. “He’s Read More…

Despite NFL lockout, Browns president Mike Holmgren wants fans to be encouraged

Browns president Mike Holmgren called a news conference Monday to address the lockout imposed by the owners at midnight Friday that has stopped business in the NFL. He wanted to send a message of encouragement to Cleveland fans, despite the uncertainty that could threaten at least the start of the 2011 season. “It’s an interesting Read More…

Robaire Smith, former Browns DE, gets medical clearance to play in 2011

Defensive end Robaire Smith has officially been cleared to play in the NFL in 2011, agent Michael Harrison said Monday. That was welcome news for Smith, 33, who missed the final 11 games with what was diagnosed as a spinal bruise. Smith has been working out the last couple of months with the expectation he Read More…

Browns: Heisman-winning QB Cam Newton coming to town

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The Browns appear to have their quarterback situation figured out. President Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur have expressed their confidence in Colt McCoy, and Seneca Wallace re-signed as his backup last week. Yet the quarterback position in April’s NFL Draft will have a significant impact on the future of the Read More…

Browns analysis: New coach putting his stamp on roster

BEREA – The flurry of moves by the Browns on Thursday was part timing and part roster shaping. The end of the NFL calendar year at 11:59 Thursday night demanded the Browns take certain actions. It was the deadline for placing tenders on restricted free agents, so cornerback Eric Wright and tight end Evan Moore Read More…