July 24, 2014

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Brian Hoyer’s agent says uncertain starting status could make long-term deal a long shot for Browns

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The Browns want to lock up homegrown quarterback Brian Hoyer for the long term before he enters the final season of his contract. It won’t be easy. The Browns are trying to sign Hoyer to a contract extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Monday, citing sources. Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius graduate, Read More…

Johnny Manziel defends lifestyle, says he’s doing nothing wrong and doesn’t plan to change

Browns third-round pick Christian Kirksey watches as quarterback Johnny Manziel lobs the ball to one of the children at the NFL Rookie Symposium on Friday in Berea. Manziel was again in the spotlight for his partying ways. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel made no apologies for his recent off-the-field antics. The rookie from Texas A&M also made it clear that he plans on having a lot more fun before training camp begins July 26. “I’m very about football and very about my job, which doesn’t get reported or won’t get reported, Read More…

Browns release training camp details

BEREA — The Browns will hold 13 public practices, along with their annual “Family Day” scrimmage, as part of their 2014 training camp schedule. Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer announced the itinerary Friday for the three-week camp, which begins July 26 with a 9:30 a.m. practice at the team’s headquarters in Berea. All camp sessions Read More…

Browns moving ‘Family Night’ scrimmage to Akron this year

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ annual “Family Night” practice will have a new name and a new location this year. InfoCision Stadium on the campus of the University of Akron has been chosen to host Cleveland’s intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 2. The “Family Day” event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last 2½ hours. WKYC-TV 3 Read More…

UPDATED: Browns agree to terms with Johnny Manziel, cut recently signed wide receiver Earl Bennett

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CLEVELAND — “Johnny Football” is officially a member of the Browns. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel signed a four-year contract Tuesday worth approximately $8.25 million. The pact includes a fifth-year team option, as mandated under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Cleveland drafted Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick on May 8, completing a very public Read More…

Browns stadium renovations on time and on budget

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CLEVELAND — The $120 million renovation of FirstEnergy Stadium is on time and on budget, but the site remains an active construction zone. Browns president Alec Scheiner made those pronouncements Monday as he guided select media members on a tour of the lakefront facility. “We are totally on schedule to have everything in Phase 1 Read More…

NFL: Hall of Fame Steelers coach Chuck Noll remembered as strong leader with diverse interests

This 1975 file photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll, left, and quarterback Terry Bradshaw. Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday. (AP Photo/File)

Chuck Noll was a no-nonsense coach, and his Pittsburgh Steelers followed his lead to win four Super Bowls. Noll, who died Friday of natural causes at 82, wasn’t an entertainer or a charmer when it came to football. He was a winner, the only man to coach four Super Bowl champions, building a dynasty in Read More…

Obituary: Legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll, a native Clevelander who played for the Browns, dies at 82

PITTSBURGH — Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes. Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL’s pre-eminent Read More…

Browns Notes: RB Ben Tate ‘not worried’ about competition from rookie Terrance West for starting job

Running back Terrance West takes a handoff during minicamp in Berea. West is considered the top competition for running back Ben Tate for the starting job. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — A popular theory outside Browns headquarters is that rookie third-round pick Terrance West will push free agent pickup Ben Tate for the starting running back job. Tate scoffed at the notion. “Honestly, I’m not worried about that because I know when I’m on my game — I respect every running back here — Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB Brian Hoyer will enter training camp “securely ahead” of Johnny Manziel, but lead isn’t “insurmountable”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel practices on Wednesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Brian Hoyer can’t relax, but he can exhale. Hoyer kept his lead over rookie Johnny Manziel throughout the OTAs and mandatory minicamp and will enter training camp as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job. Don’t freak out, Johnny Football fans. Rookie coach Mike Pettine said Manziel will get his chance to Read More…