April 25, 2014

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Two Pilot Flying J employees plead guilty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two employees of the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam have pleaded guilty in a federal probe of the company’s business practices. Regional sales director Arnold Ralenkotter pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in Read More…

NFL Draft Day 3: Browns finish selections with OL Garrett Gilkey

BEREA – The Browns ended the first draft under CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi by taking offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey from Chadron State with pick No. 227. The Browns ended the draft with two seventh-round selections from Division II colleges. Outside linebacker Armonty Bryant was picked at No. 217. Gilkey (6-foot-6, 318 Read More…

NFL Draft Day 3: Browns select OLB Armonty Bryant in 7th round

BEREA – The Browns took little-known Armonty Bryant in the seventh round, the No. 217 overall pick. Bryant (6-4, 263 pounds) projects as an outside linebacker. He finished his career at East Central University in Oklahoma, a Division II school. He was arrested on a felony charge of marijuana distribution in a school zone. He Read More…

NFL Draft Day 3: Browns trade another draft pick for selection in 2014

BEREA – The Browns have yet to make a selection on the third day of the NFL Draft. Instead, they traded their fourth- and fifth-round picks for third- and fourth-round choices in 2014. Cleveland sent pick No. 111 to Pittsburgh, then No. 139 to Indianapolis. The Browns’ next selection is scheduled for No. 175. They’ve Read More…

NFL Draft Day 3: Browns trade pick No. 111 to Steelers for 3rd-rounder next year

BEREA – The Browns traded out of the fourth round, and they sent the pick to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. With the Browns on the clock at No. 111 – the 14th pick of the fourth round – they sent the selection to the Steelers in exchange for a third-round pick in 2014. The Browns’ Read More…

Browns draft cornerback Leon McFadden in third round

BEREA – The Browns addressed a need and took San Diego State cornerback Leon McFadden with the No. 68 pick in the NFL Draft. The Browns drafted LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo at No. 6, then didn’t pick again until the third round. The second-round pick was spent on receiver Josh Gordon in last year’s Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam again denies any wrongdoing, says he’ll continue in role with team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn’t stepping aside, even as federal authorities alleged that he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain. According to court documents, sales team members said Read More…

NFL spokesman says league has no plans to ask owner Jimmy Haslam to step away from team during Pilot Fying J investigation

The NFL has no plans to ask Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to step away from the team while the FBI and IRS investigate Pilot Flying J, league spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email to The Chronicle-Telegram. Haslam is CEO of Pilot Flying J, the nation’s largest truck-stop company. His father, Jim, founded the company. Read More…

Browns hire Michael Lombardi as VP of player personnel

The rumors and reports were true. Michael Lombardi was hired this morning as vice president of player personnel. He will run the Browns’ personnel department and be charged with acquiring talent for first-time coach Rob Chudzinski. The introductory news conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Browns headquarters. Lombardi had been rumored for the job Read More…

New Browns coach Rob Chudzinski: It’s the best job. This one is special

BEREA – Rob Chudzinski interviewed for head coaching jobs in the past, but had never landed one. That changed Thursday night when he was hired as the 14th full-time coach in Browns history. It was worth the wait. “For me, personally, it’s the best job,” he said this morning at an introductory news conference. “This Read More…