April 19, 2014

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Browns: Free agent center Alex Mack visits Jaguars

The Browns could soon face an expensive decision regarding free agent center Alex Mack. After three-plus quiet weeks to open free agency, Mack visited the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, according to multiple reports. The news wasn’t welcomed inside Browns headquarters, as general manager Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine hope to keep Mack for the Read More…

Browns: Veteran WR Nate Burleson scheduled to visit Saturday

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The Browns continue to look for help at receiver and aren’t content to wait until the receiver-rich draft. Nate Burleson, an 11-year veteran, is scheduled to make a free agent visit to the Browns on Saturday, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. FoxSports’ Alex Marvex was first to report the visit, adding Burleson was Read More…

NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney makes his case to be No. 1 pick during pro day

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jadeveon Clowney believes he should be the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick and says he took a big step toward that goal Wednesday during South Carolina’s pro day. The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, including Houston coach Bill O’Brien and Jacksonville coach Gus Read More…

Kevin Costner has high hopes for ‘Draft Day’ as his next classic sports movie

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Kevin Costner knows a thing or two about making a popular sports movie. He believes his latest venture taking the games to the silver screen will be his next home run. Or in this case, his first touchdown. “Draft Day” will be released April 11 with Costner starring as Sonny Weaver Jr., general manager of Read More…

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has strong showing in front of former president, lots of NFL personnel (but nobody from Browns) in unusual pro day

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel passes the ball during a drill at pro day for NFL football representatives in College Station, Texas, Thursday. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Former President George H.W. Bush watched from a golf cart with his wife, Barbara. Nearly 400 people joined them on the sidelines, including eight NFL general managers and eight head coaches. The object of the attention wore a helmet and shoulder pads for an indoor workout. There were no defenders, but a broom and beanbags. Read More…

Browns Notes: WR Josh Gordon “pretty sure” Cleveland will draft a QB at No. 4

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP File Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Browns All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon was the star Thursday at ESPN. Well, second to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who had an impressive pro day that was broadcast live on the network. Gordon spent the day at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., appearing on a variety of TV and radio shows. Gordon was asked repeatedly Read More…

Browns Analysis: GM Ray Farmer off to solid start with moves in free agency

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions during a news-conference Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ray Farmer believes in building a roster through the draft. But even though he’s in his first year as a general manager, he’s been around the NFL plenty long enough to know he couldn’t ignore free agency. The Browns had too many holes and too much salary cap space to stand idle in March while Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says there’s no guarantee team will take a quarterback with the fourth pick in the NFL Draft

Cleveland Borwns head coach Mike Pettine answers questions from reporters during the AFC head coaches breakfast at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Browns coach Mike Pettine conceded starting a rookie quarterback next season is “a possibility,” but that doesn’t mean the franchise will draft a quarterback fourth overall on May 8. “The fourth pick, I think, there’s going to be some outstanding players available,” Pettine said Tuesday during an hour-long group interview at the Read More…

Browns agree to terms with versatile offensive lineman Paul McQuistan

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The Browns brought in a Super Bowl champion Monday to strengthen the offensive line. Eight-year veteran Paul McQuistan agreed to terms on a contract, adding versatility and experience. The deal is for two years and $3 million with $750,000 guaranteed, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported, citing a source. McQuistan, who will turn 31 next month, was a Read More…

Browns: QB Brian Hoyer in good position to stay atop depth chart after Raiders acquire Matt Schaub from Houston

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub gestures during a news conference Friday at the NFL football team's practice facility in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The persistent Matt Schaub-to-the-Browns rumors fell silent Friday. The Oakland Raiders acquired the veteran quarterback, and his $10 million salary, from the Houston Texans for a sixth-round draft pick. That’s welcome news for North Olmsted native Brian Hoyer, who will more than likely enter the season as the top veteran quarterback on the Browns’ depth Read More…