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Haslam confirms Browns tried to trade for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh

INDIANAPOLIS — The boss confirmed it. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told USA Today the team tried to trade for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh before hiring Mike Pettine on Jan. 23. “There was an opportunity there, and it didn’t materialize,” Haslam told USA Today Sports on Sunday. Profootballtalk.com reported Friday the Browns nearly traded for Harbaugh, Read More…

Browns Notes: Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at the top of the charts

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins makes a catch during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS — Sammy Watkins was described as explosive by Browns coach Mike Pettine. Smooth also fits. Watkins, the Clemson receiver who could be in consideration for the Browns with the No. 4 pick in the draft May 8, worked out Sunday for NFL general managers, coaches and scouts inside Lucas Oil Stadium. He’s been billed as Read More…

NFL Scouting Combine, Day 4: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater “eats, sleeps, breathes football,” even when playing video games

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater takes “football junkie” to the next level. Coaches crave players who can’t get enough of their sport, and the quality is almost mandatory in a quarterback. Cue Bridgewater and his Xbox. “I eat, sleep and breathe football,” he said this weekend at the scouting combine. “There’s not a moment that goes Read More…

Combine Notes: Browns coach Mike Pettine calls QB offseason priority, but drafting one at No. 4 isn’t guaranteed

Buffalo safety Jarius Byrd sacks Jets quarterback Geno Smith. Byrd is a possible free-agent target for the Browns. (AP photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — New coach Mike Pettine called improving the quarterback position an “obvious” priority for the offseason and said the search will be “meticulous.” But, like general manager Ray Farmer did earlier in the week, he left open the possibility of the Browns addressing another position with the fourth pick in the draft. “With the Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine unfazed by chaotic first month on job, vows to “quiet the noise”

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Pettine responded to the heads-up phone call from the Browns’ director of communications with the appropriate question. “‘How does that affect my tenure as the head coach?’” Pettine recalled Saturday morning at the scouting combine. It didn’t. The Profootballtalk.com report Friday that the Browns nearly traded for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Scouting Combine, Day 3: Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater says he’s best QB in draft, trying to pack on the pounds

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS – Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater believes he’s better than Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and all the other quarterbacks in the draft. “Yes, no doubt,” Bridgewater said today at the scouting combine. “I feel that I’m the best quarterback in this draft. I’m not just going to sit up here and say it. There’s obviously actions Read More…

Dueling QBs: Johnny Manziel says he’s ready to change his lifestyle; Blake Bortles casts himself as the anti-Manziel on and off the field

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

INDIANAPOLIS — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel came up short in the measurement Friday, but that was inevitable. He was a shade under 6 feet, his official listing: 5-11¾ and 207 pounds. That’s 5¼ inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. Perhaps bolstered by the tape measure, Bortles also tried to Read More…

Report: Browns nearly traded for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh; team issues statement that doesn’t deny it

Jim Harbaugh

INDIANAPOLIS — Apparently the Browns’ meandering 25-day coaching search included one more twist. And it was a corkscrew. Profootballtalk.com reported this afternoon the Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to coach Jim Harbaugh, citing multiple league sources. A deal was in place that would’ve sent multiple draft picks to Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Scouting Combine, Day 2: Central Florida QB Blake Bortles contrasts himself with Johnny Manziel, says he’s “trustworthy, won’t embarrass organization”

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

INDIANAPOLIS — Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles portrayed himself as the anti-Johnny Manziel this afternoon at the NFL scouting combine. “All I know is that I’ll be trustworthy, I won’t embarrass an organization off the field by making any bad decisions or anything like that,” Bortles said. “I won’t embarrass my family’s name, and will Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer wants players who’ve made mistakes in life and learned from them

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions during a news-conference Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

INDIANAPOLIS — The background check on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel isn’t clean. Just the way Browns general manager Ray Farmer likes it. “It’s hard to think you’re going to win football games and somebody is not going to have a little bit of dirt underneath their fingernails,” Farmer said Thursday at the scouting combine. Read More…