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Scott Petrak: A good Browns draft could have been great … if they would have picked up a quarterback

The Browns had a good draft. Solid is another appropriate adjective. They filled needs with quality players, addressed both sides of the ball and increased depth on a roster that’s markedly improved over a few years ago. They added a productive pass rusher in Nate Orchard, an electric running back in Duke Johnson and took Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Draft, Day 2: Browns add pass rusher Nate Orchard, RB Duke Johnson and DE Xavier Cooper

BEREA — The Browns continued to move through their list of needs Friday night in the second round of the draft. It didn’t include quarterback or receiver. The night did have two trades, one to start things in the second round and another to wrap up festivities at the end of the third round. Fixing Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Draft: Browns take Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton, Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving in 1st round

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BEREA — The Browns drafted Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton to stop the run. He showed Thursday night he can also sack the commissioner. Shelton, who added a Browns hat to the traditional Samoan lava-lava he was wearing at the NFL Draft in Chicago, gave Commissioner Roger Goodell a giant bear hug on stage. He Read More…

Scott Petrak’s mock draft

Rest of Browns picks No. 43 (second round) – Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota No. 77 (third round) – Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State No. 111 (fourth round) – Chris Conley, WR, Georgia No. 115 (fourth round) – Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State No. 147 (fifth round) – Javorius Allen, RB, USC No. 189 (sixth round) Read More…

Browns Schedule: Cleveland will host Ravens on Monday night, visit Bengals on Thursday night

The Browns will return to “Monday Night Football” for the first time since 2009 when they host the rival Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 30. That gives the Browns two prime-time games, as they will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for a Thursday night matchup for the second straight year. The AFC North meeting will be Nov. Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns reveal redesigned uniforms to great fanfare

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Jerseys and pants in orange, brown and white give the Browns the chance to be the University of Oregon of the NFL, with nine uniform combinations available. But the ballyhooed uniform redesign revealed Tuesday also made one thing perfectly clear: The team belongs to the city. “Cleveland” in all caps is emblazoned across the chest Read More…

Browns sign free agent tight end Rob Housler to 1-year deal

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The Browns took a step Thursday toward replacing Jordan Cameron by signing free agent tight end Rob Housler. The one-year deal is reportedly worth $1.76 million with $750,000 guaranteed. Housler, 27, had 105 catches for 1,133 yards (10.8 average) and a touchdown in his four years with the Arizona Cardinals. He was a third-round pick Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns keep draft picks, but GM Ray Farmer suspended 4 games for texting during games

The Browns caught a break. General manager Ray Farmer didn’t, and will be forced to take a league-mandated four-game break to start the season. The NFL handed out punishment Monday following its months-long investigation into gameday text messages sent last season by Farmer. The Browns won’t lose a draft pick, but Farmer will be suspended 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…

Cleveland mayor, Browns reach agreement to fund FirstEnergy Stadium renovations

This architect's rendering provided by the Cleveland Browns shows part of a proposed renovation of FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP Photo/Cleveland Browns)

The Cleveland Browns’ $120 million plan to “modernize” FirstEnergy Stadium is a significant step closer to reality. The Browns and the administration of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson reached an agreement Tuesday to fund the project proposed by the team last week. City Council must approve the deal, which was announced at a joint news conference. Read More…