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Central Florida QB Blake Bortles impresses with solid pro day

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP file photo)

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles wasn’t perfect at his pro day Wednesday, but he impressed onlookers and received a passing grade. He fared better than Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, who struggled Monday with his accuracy and was criticized by analysts. Bortles completed 41 of 50 throws, according to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. The percentage isn’t great Read More…

Browns Notes: Cornerback Aaron Berry visits Cleveland, according to report

Aaron Berry

The Browns’ search for a cornerback included a visit from Aaron Berry. The New York Post reported Berry visited the Browns on Monday. A team spokesman wouldn’t confirm the visit. Berry missed all of last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of training camp with the Jets when he Read More…

New Browns slot receiver Andrew Hawkins comes full circle, glad to be back in Cleveland

Andrew Hawkins

The circle is complete. Slot receiver Andrew Hawkins began his NFL career – kind of – at a Browns rookie minicamp after going undrafted out of Toledo in 2008. He wasn’t given a contract and didn’t make his first NFL catch until 2011 with the Bengals. He returned to the Browns on Tuesday when the Read More…

(UPDATED) WR Andrew Hawkins to join Browns after Bengals decline to match offer

Andrew Hawkins

The Bengals declined to match Cleveland’s offer sheet, and slot receiver Andrew Hawkins will become a member of the Browns. The deadline for the Bengals to match was midnight Tuesday, but the Bengals announced this afternoon that they won’t. Hawkins signed a four-year deal with the Browns on Thursday. Because he was a restricted free Read More…

Report: CB Aaron Berry visits Browns

Aaron Berry

The search for a cornerback led the Browns to Aaron Berry. The New York Post reported Berry visited the Browns on Monday. A team spokesman wouldn’t confirm the visit. Berry missed all of last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of training camp with the Jets when he collided Read More…

Louisville QB Bridgewater – a possible target for the Browns – fails to impress during pro day

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater participates in a passing drill for NFL representatives at the University of Louisville. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The gloves came off and the criticism started flying. Because the passes hung in the air, sailed over the target or fell to the turf. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was the headliner Monday at the Louisville pro day and fell short of expectations. He’s a candidate to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft Read More…

New Browns RB Ben Tate has been waiting for opportunity to be starter, believes he can be an elite back

Houston Texans' Ben Tate is stopped by Tennessee Titans' Zach Brown on Sept. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP file photo)

Ben Tate finally has his chance. To show he should be a featured back. To prove the career 4.7-yard average per carry isn’t the product of limited attempts. To fulfill the potential he believes he has. Tate (5-foot-10, 220 pounds) signed a two-year deal Saturday with the Browns that’s reportedly worth up to $7 million. Read More…

Browns sign RB Ben Tate

Houston Texans' Ben Tate is stopped by Tennessee Titans' Zach Brown on Sept. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP file photo)

New Browns running back Ben Tate is moving out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Tate, a second-round pick in 2010 who spent his time in Houston backing up Arian Foster, signed a two-year deal with the Browns this afternoon reportedly worth up to $7 million. He steps into a huge hole in the Read More…

Browns: WR Andrew Hawkins signs offer sheet; Cleveland must wait to see if Bengals match

Andrew Hawkins

The Browns are in a holding pattern as they try to find a slot receiver, but it looks like they might get their man. Bengals restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins signed his offer sheet with the Browns on Thursday after agreeing to terms Tuesday. The four-year deal can reach $13.1 million and includes a $3.8 Read More…

Browns Notes: TE Jim Dray signs 3-year deal, says he can block and catch

Cardinals tight end Jim Dray celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles last year. Dray signed a three-year deal with the Browns on Thursday. (AP file)

Tight end Jim Dray’s catch total for his first three years in the NFL was seven — three as a rookie, then two and two. Last year he “erupted” for 26 receptions, 215 yards and two touchdowns in his fourth season with Arizona. To him, the reason for the jump was simple. “I was given Read More…