April 25, 2014

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Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine says team still deciding if it will add a veteran QB

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)

The Browns addressed nearly every position on the roster in the first month of free agency. Quarterback wasn’t one of them. New general manager Ray Farmer’s only moves at the game’s most important position were releasing Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, who combined to start 13 games last year. Brian Hoyer, who started the other Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam optimistic center Alex Mack will be in Cleveland a long time, despite visit to Jacksonville

Alex Mack

VALLEY VIEW — The visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars by free agent center Alex Mack hasn’t changed the outlook of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. “We remain optimistic that Alex Mack will be a Cleveland Brown for a long time,” Haslam said Tuesday night before the Cleveland premiere of “Draft Day,” a fictional movie about the Read More…

WR Nate Burleson says Browns are ready to take next step, he’s got plenty left in tank

Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson believes he brings a lot to the Browns – leadership, experience and a 1,000-yard season if healthy. He wouldn’t have come aboard unless he thought they were poised to get over the hump and make a run at the playoffs. “I see them as a team that’s ready to take that next step,” Read More…

Browns: Veteran receiver Nate Burleson agrees to 1-year deal, adds depth, flexibility

Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson came, he saw and he’s staying. The 11-year veteran receiver with 103 starts and 457 catches visited Cleveland on Saturday and agreed to a one-year contract Sunday night, the team announced. Burleson, 32, started eight of nine games last season in Detroit opposite Pro Bowler Calvin Johnson. With the Browns, Burleson (6-foot, 198 Read More…

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

Nate Burleson

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…