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(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…

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…