December 18, 2014


(UPDATED) Browns Notes: Read option makes early appearance in Kyle Shanahan’s offense

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks with head coach Mike Pettine at training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan couldn’t wait to begin installing the read option. All the quarterbacks took turns running the option Monday on the third day of training camp, the first in pads. In the competition for the starting job, Shanahan called more options for rookie Johnny Manziel than Brian Hoyer, because Manziel ran Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer defends rookie QB Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel fires a pass as head coach Mike Pettine, left, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, right, watch Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel, a master at evading would-be tacklers, absorbed quite a few hits in the last several days. Coach Mike Pettine said it would be a “tall task” for him to wrestle the starting quarterback job from Brian Hoyer. Owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment with his off-the-field behavior. Manziel struggled to move the Read More…

Buzz greets opening of Browns training camp, much of it created by Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel signs autographs after practice at the NFL football team's training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — An hour before the players stretched to begin the first practice of training camp, fans filled the bleachers. The stragglers that eventually stood seven-deep Saturday morning to get a glimpse of their favorite team and players congregated on tiny, tree-lined Beech Street. Six lines of about 30 each filtered into the Browns facility Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam disappointed in Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam watches the opening practice at training camp Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a big fan of Johnny Manziel long before his team drafted the quarterback with the No. 22 pick in May. The admiration was replaced by disappointed multiple times during Manziel’s offseason of partying. “Johnny said it himself, he made some mistakes,” Haslam said Saturday after the first practice Read More…

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…