February 27, 2015

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(UPDATED) Browns GM Ray Farmer takes full responsibility for text mess, apologizes to fans

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer apologizes for sending improper texts during games during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ray Farmer opened with an apology to Browns fans, then accepted full responsibility for the embarrassment brought upon the organization because he texted the sideline during games. “First and foremost, I would like to extend an apology to the Cleveland Brown fans,” he said Thursday at the scouting combine. “So that Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says team needs to find starting QB in offseason

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he’d be “scared if we had a game this week” with the QB situation the way it is. AP FILE PHOTO

INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Mike Pettine visited Johnny Manziel in rehab last week and reported he’s in “a much better place” than when he checked in last month. But Manziel’s admission of a problem with addiction with no timetable for a return — on top of his disappointing rookie season – has the Browns in the Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine was upset with texts, but says relationship with GM Ray Farmer still solid

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions about the Browns' season Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Mike Pettine said his relationship with general manager Ray Farmer remains strong despite Farmer sending text messages to the sideline during games. That doesn’t mean Pettine thought it was OK. “I’ll be honest, I wasn’t thrilled about it,” Pettine said Wednesday as the NFL scouting combine opened. “Ray and I have had Read More…

NFL Scouting Combine, Day 1: Another good draft for WRs; Vikings glad Browns passed on Teddy Bridgewater

The NFL scouting combine began this morning. Here are the latest news, notes and rumblings from the center of the NFL world. Check back often for updates. INDIANAPOLIS — The Browns needed a receiver last year, but didn’t draft one in what was called one of the best and deepest drafts for the position in Read More…

NFL Scouting Combine: 5 storylines to watch this week in Indy

Browns GM Ray Farmer will be in the media spotlight at the combine. (AP FILE PHOTO)

INDIANAPOLIS — The scouting combine, which starts today, kicks off the NFL offseason. Yes, the Super Bowl ended only two weeks ago. The Browns will join the champion Patriots, runner-up Seahawks and other 29 teams over the next week in poking, prodding, evaluating and psychoanalyzing the top prospects for the draft April 30-May 2. As Read More…

Josh Gordon, NFLPA file grievance over suspension by Browns

Josh Gordon

Receiver Josh Gordon continues to be a headache for the Browns. The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Browns on Gordon’s behalf Tuesday objecting to his suspension by the team for the season finale Dec. 28. If Gordon wins, he’ll be eligible for unrestricted free agency a year earlier, which could mean a Read More…

Browns hire Kevin O’Connell as quarterbacks coach

Kevin O'Connell

Kevin O’Connell has finished working with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and started working for the Browns. The Browns announced the hiring of O’Connell as quarterbacks coach Tuesday, a move that had been widely reported as forthcoming weeks ago. O’Connell, who played quarterback in the NFL, has never coached in the league but has been a Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sticking with GM Ray Farmer, disputes claims of dysfunction

In this July 27, 2014 file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer, left, talks with owner Jimmy Haslam during NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio. Haslam has no plans to fire general manager Ray Farmer, who is at the center of a texting investigation by the NFL. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

BEREA — Browns general manager Ray Farmer isn’t going anywhere. Owner Jimmy Haslam revealed Wednesday that Farmer admitted privately to sending text messages to the sideline during games, breaking an NFL rule against electronic communication. Despite the infraction, Haslam remains committed to Farmer as the head of his football operations. “Ray feels terrible about it,” Read More…

Browns Notes: Owner Jimmy Haslam says it’s too early to give up on Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam applauded quarterback Johnny Manziel voluntarily entering rehab, and said he “absolutely” believes Manziel can be a successful quarterback. “To raise your hand and say I need help, and he did that and he’s gone and so we applaud and support him,” Haslam said Wednesday in an interview with beat Read More…

Brian Hoyer says texting situation could be factor in whether he sticks with Browns

Brian Hoyer

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Brian Hoyer is keeping all of his options open as free agency approaches, including returning to the Browns, but the recent turmoil involving the front office could hurt Cleveland’s chances of re-signing him. Hoyer spoke Saturday at the end of a long week for the Browns. An adviser revealed quarterback Johnny Manziel Read More…