April 17, 2014

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Browns sign RB Ben Tate

Houston Texans' Ben Tate is stopped by Tennessee Titans' Zach Brown on Sept. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP file photo)

New Browns running back Ben Tate is moving out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Tate, a second-round pick in 2010 who spent his time in Houston backing up Arian Foster, signed a two-year deal with the Browns this afternoon reportedly worth up to $7 million. He steps into a huge hole in the Read More…

Browns release QB Brandon Weeden, then QB Jason Campbell

Quarterback Brandon Weeden was released by the Browns this afternoon. A few minutes later, quarterback Jason Campbell was released. They combined to start 13 games in 2013, winning one. Weeden was 0-5 as a starter last season and 5-10 in his two years. He was a first-round draft pick in 2012. “First and foremost, the Read More…

New Browns coach Mike Pettine brings toughness and demands it

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BEREA — The new coach of the Browns has a nickname: BFT. The initials stand for Blunt Force Trauma. “The days are too short to dance around subjects some time and I think guys appreciate that,” he said. Mike Pettine was introduced Thursday afternoon, about an hour after being hired as the 15th full-time coach Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns WR Davone Bess arrested at Florida airport for assaulting officer

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Browns receiver Davone Bess’ recent questionable pattern of behavior turned alarming early Friday morning. Bess was arrested for assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in South Florida. Bess was taken into custody at 6:19 a.m., and the arresting officer indicated Bess was acting “irrationally” and appeared Read More…

Browns granted permission to interview Seattle’s Dan Quinn, New England’s Josh McDaniels

The Browns will begin the interview process this week as they search for a coach. Cleveland was granted permission to interview Seahawks first-year defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a league source told The Chronicle-Telegram on Tuesday. The Browns’ policy is to not comment on anything involving the coaching search. The Read More…

Browns open search by requesting permission to interview Josh McDaniels, Dan Quinn, Adam Gase, Todd Bowles

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, instructs quarterback Tom Brady. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BEREA — The Browns started the search for their next coach immediately. That’s a necessity because they aren’t alone in the market. After the NFL’s version of Black Monday, six teams were looking for coaches. It looks like the Browns’ focus will be on another native son of Ohio. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was Read More…

(Updated) Browns owner, CEO defend decision to fire Chudzinski, vow to get it right in 2nd try

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BEREA — Jimmy Haslam has owned the Browns for a little more than a year and is already conducting his second coaching search. That happens when you fire two coaches in your first 15 months on the job. Haslam sat in the same seat Monday as he did 364 days earlier and said many of Read More…

Browns lose season finale 20-7 to Pittsburgh; speculation swirls over coach Rob Chudzinski’s future

PITTSBURGH — The Browns’ season came to an end Sunday with a 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The question now is whether coach Rob Chudzinski’s tenure will come to a conclusion after only one season on the job. As the short-handed Browns were dominated by Pittsburgh, speculation swirled about Chudzinski’s job Read More…

Super bad: Browns look awful against Jets, suffer sixth straight loss and ninth in last 10 games

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell is sacked by New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson and Leger Douzable, left. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In six weeks, Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on the same field the Browns occupied Sunday on a 70-degree afternoon. The Browns couldn’t have looked further from a championship team if they had moved to Antarctica. The Browns played arguably their worst game of a miserable season that continues to Read More…

Browns blow another 4th-quarter lead, drop 5th straight, fall 38-31 to Bears in home finale

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery catches a 45-yard touchdown pass against Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson on Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Browns scored two defensive touchdowns. They got a spark and a touchdown from running back Edwin Baker, who arrived Tuesday and had never carried the ball in an NFL game. They led three times. As is almost always the case with the Browns, none of it mattered. The Browns ended their home Read More…