May 5, 2015

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Free agency notes: Browns reportedly interested in CB Darrelle Revis; Brian Hartline officially signs; Brian Hoyer headed to Houston

Free agency officially starts at 4 o’clock, but that hasn’t stopped the news from flowing. Here’s a recap of highlights involving the Browns from this morning and early afternoon. There should be more to come when the league year officially opens at 4. REVIS REPORT Browns coach Mike Pettine loves cornerbacks and is chasing the Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB Johnny Manziel remains in rehab; expresses confidence in Josh McCown if asked to start

CLEVELAND — Josh McCown went 1-10 as a starter last year and has a career passer rating of 76.1. The Browns recently signed him to a three-year, $14 million contract. Johnny Manziel remains in rehab after a wasted rookie season. He was the No. 22 pick in May. Connor Shaw is undersized with a below-average Read More…

Browns Notes: Second-round tenders placed on S Tashaun Gipson, LB Craig Robertson

CLEVELAND — The Browns didn’t reach a long-term deal with Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson before the start of free agency this afternoon and placed a second-round tender on the restricted free agent, according to a league source. They did the same with inside linebacker Craig Roberston. Defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and safety/special teams Read More…

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…