September 17, 2014

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Pilot Flying J reaches agreement with feds: Must pay $92M penalty, won’t be prosecuted

Motorists stop for fuel at a Pilot Travel Center near North Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers. In an agreement with prosecutors, the nation’s largest diesel retailer acknowledges that employees cheated trucking companies out of promised Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns cornerback Joe Haden signs extension through 2019 season

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden warms up before the game against the New England Patriots in December. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Mr. Cleveland can get even more comfortable. Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden signed a five-year extension with the Browns on Tuesday that will keep him under contract through 2019. The extension is worth $68 million, with a $14 million signing bonus, $22 million fully guaranteed and another $23 million guaranteed for injury. Haden, who endeared Read More…

(UPDATED) 2014 NFL Draft: Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens picked in fourth round by Dallas Cowboys

Iowa linebacker and Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens catches a ball during a drill at the scouting combine in February. (AP photo)

BEREA — When Jerry Jones gives you a personal call on draft day, it’s a safe bet you’ve made it to the NFL. That’s what happened to Clearview graduate Anthony Hitches on Saturday. The Iowa linebacker was selected in the fourth round with the 119th pick of the NFL Draft. “I really didn’t pay attention Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns select Iowa LB Christian Kirksey in 3rd round

Christian Kirksey

BEREA — Cleveland went back to defense in the third round. The Browns added depth at linebacker, selecting Christian Kirksey of Iowa with the 71st pick tonight. The 6-foot-2, 233-pound senior is listed at outside linebacker, but said he expects the team to move him inside. He started inside his sophomore year and made the Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns take Nevada OL Joel Bitonio in 2nd round

Joel Bitonio

BEREA — Despite possibly losing their star wide receiver for the 2014 season, the Browns stayed the course during Day 2 of the NFL Draft tonight. Cleveland selected offensive tackle Joel Bitonio out of Nevada with the 35th pick to strengthen its offensive line. He was taken with the third pick of the second round. Read More…

ESPN Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon faces indefinite suspension for another failed drug test

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP File Photo/Colin E. Braley)

BEREA — Browns fans had less than 24 hours to enjoy the first day of the NFL Draft that included the selection of quarterback Johnny Manziel. With the second round set to start tonight, ESPN reported Browns All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon could face a second suspension after failing a drug test for marijuana. The report Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns: Johnny Manziel expects madness as he embarks on NFL career

Browns head coach Mike Pettine, left, and general manager Ray Farmer, right, pose with the team's first-round draft picks, Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel.

BEREA — Johnny Manziel sat at the podium and looked like any other draft pick. He wore a big Browns hat that didn’t match his suit and tie and politely answered questions. But Manziel, aka Johnny Football, is unlike any previous Browns player. He’s part-celebrity, part-playmaker and he’s all Cleveland’s after being selected Thursday night Read More…

Browns draft Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with No. 22 pick

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BEREA — As Johnny Manziel waited, the Browns maneuvered. Rookie general manager Ray Farmer had already made two trades and one pick Thursday during the first round of the NFL Draft — Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 8 — before he hijacked the conversation across the league and the sports world. Farmer sent Read More…

(UPDATED) 2014 NFL Draft: Browns draft cornerback Justin Gilbert after pair of trades

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, right, poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the eighth pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

BEREA — After two trades tonight, the Browns took Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert with the eighth pick in the NFL Draft. The Browns started the day with the No. 4 pick, but shipped it to Buffalo for the ninth pick and first- and fourth-rounders in 2015. The Bills quickly took Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. Read More…

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…