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NFL Scouting Combine, Day 1: Another good draft for WRs; Vikings glad Browns passed on Teddy Bridgewater

The NFL scouting combine began this morning. Here are the latest news, notes and rumblings from the center of the NFL world. Check back often for updates. INDIANAPOLIS — The Browns needed a receiver last year, but didn’t draft one in what was called one of the best and deepest drafts for the position in Read More…

NFL Scouting Combine: 5 storylines to watch this week in Indy

Browns GM Ray Farmer will be in the media spotlight at the combine. (AP FILE PHOTO)

INDIANAPOLIS — The scouting combine, which starts today, kicks off the NFL offseason. Yes, the Super Bowl ended only two weeks ago. The Browns will join the champion Patriots, runner-up Seahawks and other 29 teams over the next week in poking, prodding, evaluating and psychoanalyzing the top prospects for the draft April 30-May 2. As Read More…

Josh Gordon, NFLPA file grievance over suspension by Browns

Josh Gordon

Receiver Josh Gordon continues to be a headache for the Browns. The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Browns on Gordon’s behalf Tuesday objecting to his suspension by the team for the season finale Dec. 28. If Gordon wins, he’ll be eligible for unrestricted free agency a year earlier, which could mean a Read More…

Browns hire Kevin O’Connell as quarterbacks coach

Kevin O'Connell

Kevin O’Connell has finished working with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and started working for the Browns. The Browns announced the hiring of O’Connell as quarterbacks coach Tuesday, a move that had been widely reported as forthcoming weeks ago. O’Connell, who played quarterback in the NFL, has never coached in the league but has been a Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sticking with GM Ray Farmer, disputes claims of dysfunction

In this July 27, 2014 file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer, left, talks with owner Jimmy Haslam during NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio. Haslam has no plans to fire general manager Ray Farmer, who is at the center of a texting investigation by the NFL. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

BEREA — Browns general manager Ray Farmer isn’t going anywhere. Owner Jimmy Haslam revealed Wednesday that Farmer admitted privately to sending text messages to the sideline during games, breaking an NFL rule against electronic communication. Despite the infraction, Haslam remains committed to Farmer as the head of his football operations. “Ray feels terrible about it,” Read More…

Browns Notes: Owner Jimmy Haslam says it’s too early to give up on Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam applauded quarterback Johnny Manziel voluntarily entering rehab, and said he “absolutely” believes Manziel can be a successful quarterback. “To raise your hand and say I need help, and he did that and he’s gone and so we applaud and support him,” Haslam said Wednesday in an interview with beat Read More…

Brian Hoyer says texting situation could be factor in whether he sticks with Browns

Brian Hoyer

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Brian Hoyer is keeping all of his options open as free agency approaches, including returning to the Browns, but the recent turmoil involving the front office could hurt Cleveland’s chances of re-signing him. Hoyer spoke Saturday at the end of a long week for the Browns. An adviser revealed quarterback Johnny Manziel Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns’ image is looking worse than their play

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam listens to a question during a news conference last year. The offseason hasn't been kind to the Browns. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Pete Carroll had a bad week. It looked great compared to Jimmy Haslam’s week from hell. Carroll, coach of the Seahawks, was a yard away from repeating as Super Bowl champion when he made what has been labeled the worst play call in the history of football. He ordered a pass, which was intercepted, instead Read More…

Reports: Browns GM Ray Farmer could face suspension for sending texts during games

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer talks about the 2014 draft at the NFL football team's facility in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

General manager Ray Farmer was the Browns official who sent text messages during games and could be suspended for multiple games depending on the results of the league investigation, according to reports Wednesday. The Browns could also have a draft pick taken away and be fined if it’s determined they violated the league rule prohibiting Read More…

Browns: WR Josh Gordon officially suspended

Josh Gordon

No appeal, no deal, no reduction. The NFL announced Tuesday that Browns receiver Josh Gordon had been suspended without pay for at least a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The banishment began immediately. Gordon failed an alcohol test last month, and the news surfaced Jan. 25. Unlike his suspensions the previous two Read More…