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(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…

NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota impress during QB workout

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, left, shakes the hand of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota after they participated at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The top quarterbacks often opt to skip the throwing session at the scouting combine. Not this year. Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota dominated the day inside Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The consensus top two quarterbacks acquitted themselves well, earning widespread praise. “I think I did all right,” Mariota said Saturday on NFL Read More…

Despite recent problems, coach Mike Pettine says Browns can’t be scared off by character risks

INDIANAPOLIS — A little dirt under the fingernails is one thing. Submerged in a swamp is something completely different. The importance of character in the draft process is an annual point of discussion at the scouting combine. It’s a hot-button issue this year for the Browns. Quarterback Johnny Manziel is in rehab. Cornerback Justin Gilbert Read More…

Browns Notes: Florida State QB Jameis Winston says shoulder feels great, plans on winning Super Bowl next year

INDIANAPOLIS — One by one, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston attempted to answer the serious questions about him and his quest to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A midday report he had weakness in his throwing shoulder that required extra examination at the scouting combine? “Great,” he said Friday Read More…