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Browns: WR Brian Hartline agrees to two-year, $6 million deal

BEREA — Receiver Brian Hartline is coming home to help fill a giant need on the Browns. The Canton native and Ohio State alum agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with Cleveland on Monday night. The Browns confirmed the agreement and are expected to formally announce the move today. Hartline, 28, was released by Read More…

Browns checking out pass rusher, tight ends as free agency nears

NFL free agency doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday at 4 p.m., but the three-day negotiating window that started Saturday at noon created a hurricane of activity across the league. Deals aren’t supposed to be struck during the negotiating period, but reports of huge-money agreements involving several high-profile players dominated the conversation throughout the league. While Read More…

Browns: 5 things to watch as pivotal free agency period begins Tuesday

Buffalo wide receiver Robert Woods makes a catch as Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine defends in a Nov. 30 game in Orchard Park, N.Y.The Browns have made re-signing free agent Skrine a top priority. (AP FILE PHOTO)

The signing of veteran quarterback Josh McCown kicked off the player-acquisition part of the offseason for the Browns, who’ve also shown interest in receiver Brian Hartline and returner Ted Ginn Jr. The Browns’ philosophy under owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager Ray Farmer is to build through the draft, but free agency must augment Cleveland’s Read More…

(UPDATED) Ex-Buckeye WR Brian Hartline visits Browns

In this Dec. 14, 2014, file photo, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline can't catch a pass in front of New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Brian Hoyer is headed out the door, but the Browns have targeted another guy with local ties as they try to reboot the offense. Brian Hartline, who went to Canton GlenOak High School and Ohio State, visited the Browns on Tuesday and could begin to fill the team’s desperate need at receiver. He would project Read More…

Browns: QB Josh McCown plans to lead by example, wants to make up for awful 2014

Josh McCown

Josh McCown’s willingness and ability to be a mentor was a factor in the Browns signing him last week. But McCown, 35, isn’t ready to be relegated to a rocking chair and still believes he can be a productive quarterback. How does he balance mentoring with his desire to be the starter? “It’s easy. You Read More…

Browns agree to terms with QB Josh McCown; Brian Hoyer’s time in Cleveland is over

In this Dec. 7, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown looks down his line during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The Browns picked Josh McCown over Brian Hoyer, then made sure they got him. The Browns agreed to terms with McCown, 35, on a three-year deal Friday night, reportedly worth about $15 million, after outdueling the Bills. The door is all but shut on Hoyer returning to his hometown team. McCown went 1-10 as a Read More…

Browns Notes: Tight end James Casey reportedly will visit Cleveland, is an option if Jordan Cameron leaves

James Casey

Jordan Cameron would leave a sizable hole at tight end if he leaves in free agency. The Browns are looking at veteran James Casey as an option if that happens. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Casey (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) will visit the Browns. Casey, 30, was released last week by the Eagles in order to save Read More…

Browns: Veteran quarterback Josh McCown visits

In this Dec. 7, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown looks down his line during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The never-ending search for a quarterback — the Browns have started 22 since 1999 — could stop, temporarily, on Josh McCown. The 35-year-old veteran arrived Tuesday to visit with the Browns, and his stay was expected to continue today, a league source confirmed. McCown has drawn interest from multiple teams since he was released by Read More…

Browns president Alec Scheiner denies meddling, says doesn’t want role in football operations

BEREA — Yes, Browns president Alec Scheiner watches game film with general manager Ray Farmer. No, he’s doesn’t want to follow in Joe Banner’s footsteps and add football responsibilities to his job description. “I like my role. I’ve got enough on my plate,” Scheiner said Tuesday after introducing the team’s new logo in an interview Read More…

Browns unveil new logo; uniforms to be unveiled April 14

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BEREA — The Browns’ unveiling of their new logo Tuesday turned out to be much ado about nothing. Cleveland will continue to use its insignia-free helmet as its primary logo, but dramatically brightened the shade of orange and changed the facemask to brown. The brown-and-white stripe atop the helmet also has been widened, reflecting subtle Read More…