March 26, 2015

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Browns sign CB Tramon Williams, agree to deal with DL Randy Starks

The Browns bolstered their defense this afternoon, signing cornerback Tramon Williams and agreeing to terms with defensive lineman Randy Starks. Williams, who turned 32 today, was an unrestricted free agent after spending the first eight years of his career with the Packers. The deal reportedly is for three years and $21 million. He will fill 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…

(UPDATED) Browns GM Ray Farmer takes full responsibility for text mess, apologizes to fans

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer apologizes for sending improper texts during games during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ray Farmer opened with an apology to Browns fans, then accepted full responsibility for the embarrassment brought upon the organization because he texted the sideline during games. “First and foremost, I would like to extend an apology to the Cleveland Brown fans,” he said Thursday at the scouting combine. “So that Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says team needs to find starting QB in offseason

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he’d be “scared if we had a game this week” with the QB situation the way it is. AP FILE PHOTO

INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Mike Pettine visited Johnny Manziel in rehab last week and reported he’s in “a much better place” than when he checked in last month. But Manziel’s admission of a problem with addiction with no timetable for a return — on top of his disappointing rookie season – has the Browns in the 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…

Golf: Tiger Woods withdraws during 1st round with tightness in back

Tiger Woods is driven off the course in a cart after withdrawing during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Thursday in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO — In an ominous start to his season, Tiger Woods walked off the course after 11 holes Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open because of tightness in his lower back that he attributed to a fog delay. It was his third straight PGA Tour event that he missed the cut or withdrew, and Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns QB Johnny Manziel enters treatment, asks for privacy

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As reporters crowded him on getaway day following the season, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s internal conflict bubbled to the surface. The personal struggle became public domain Monday when his adviser confirmed Manziel entered treatment Wednesday. “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon reportedly fails another drug test

Browns receiver Josh Gordon stretches before a game against the Panthers in December. He reportedly failed another drug test and faces a suspension of at least a year. (AP photo)

Browns receiver Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble. Or on the field. Gordon faces a one-year suspension after failing another drug test, according to multiple reports Sunday. The failed test was for alcohol, per reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Profootballtalk.com. Alcohol is prohibited only if a player’s treatment plan in the substance-abuse program Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam commits to coach Mike Pettine, GM Ray Farmer for 2015

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam chose stability — for a change. In the minutes following a 20-10 season-ending loss to the Ravens on Sunday, Haslam said he’ll “absolutely” keep coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer for next season. “I think they’ve done a good job,” Haslam said. “Listen, we’re all disappointed. We’re Read More…

Ravens 20, Browns 10: Cleveland ends season with 5th straight loss

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, left, pulls in a catch for a first down in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden in the second half Sunday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

BALTIMORE — The Browns hung tough into the fourth quarter this afternoon, but another season ended with a long losing streak. Connor Shaw couldn’t keep up with Joe Flacco, and the Ravens rallied for the 20-10 win at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens (10-6) qualified for the playoffs with the win and San Diego’s loss Read More…