April 23, 2014

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Browns notes: John Greco gets contract extension, in line to start at guard

BEREA – Guard John Greco was “caught off guard” when the Browns approached him recently about a new contract. He was “thrilled” when the five-year deal, which runs through 2017, was finalized Tuesday. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” Greco said on a conference call. “The Browns approached me the other night, and I’m happy we Read More…

Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton raves about his system, says team still learning to play it

BEREA – The trademark braids are gone. “It was time,” cropped defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Tuesday in a pre-training camp news conference. “It’s been that way for seven years. Change of pace. It will grow back.” His attacking defense isn’t going anywhere. As Cleveland’s new leader of the defense, Horton was charged with making Read More…

Browns sign two more draft picks

CLEVELAND — Cornerback Leon McFadden and defensive end Armonty Bryant signed four-year contracts with the Browns on Friday. McFadden was chosen in the third round of the NFL Draft with the No. 68 overall selection, while Bryant was a seventh-round choice at No. 217. Louisiana State linebacker Barkevious Mingo — the sixth pick in the Read More…

Stadium plan a go: Browns to spend more than $100 million on improvements

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CLEVELAND — The name isn’t the only thing changing at the former Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns have formally committed to spend more than $100 million to renovate the lakefront facility now known as FirstEnergy Stadium, according to a story published Monday in Sports Business Daily. Complete details are expected to be revealed later this Read More…

Browns DE Armonty Bryant hears familiar stories at NFL Rookie Symposium, hopes to learn from them

BEREA – Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant heard Maurice Clarett’s speech about an NFL career that never got started, and realized that could be him. Bryant listened to Adam (formerly “Pacman”) Jones’ stories of arrests and suspensions, and could relate. Bryant was riveted to Chris Herren’s life story of drug abuse and blown second chances, Read More…

Browns Notes: Barkevious Mingo looking forward to training camp, competing against veterans

BEREA — Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo spent Tuesday morning on the Browns practice field working with kids as part of the NFL Rookie Symposium’s Play 60 event. The next time Mingo steps foot on that field, he’ll be participating in his first training camp. “I am ready,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to it, Read More…

Browns notes: Receiving corps draws praise after strong offseason

BEREA – Davone Bess and Travis Benjamin – the “undersized” receivers – went the six offseason practices open to the media without a dropped pass of note. Josh Gordon and Greg Little – the big, fast starting wideouts – let a few balls hit the ground, but showed playmaking versatility from outside and the slot. Read More…

Browns’ David Nelson finds it’s better to give than to receive

BEREA — David Nelson was back with Browns teammates and coaches Tuesday for the start of mandatory minicamp. The lanky receiver didn’t join them in the huddle as he continues to rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last season’s opener. But he worked on the side with trainers, ran some routes, watched Read More…

Reunited and it feels so good: Jim Brown back with the Cleveland Browns as special adviser

CLEVELAND — Jim Brown posed for a picture Wednesday with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam in front of his No. 32 in the team’s ring of honor. Brown’s relationship with the organization he helped build into a national presence and a local treasure had officially come full circle. Brown was given the role of special adviser Read More…

New Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner embracing fans’ fervor for team

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AKRON — New Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner knew he was moving to a football-crazy area. However, he didn’t fully grasp how over-the-top rabid that Northeast Ohio was about its NFL team until the past few weeks. “There have been more stories written about (Cleveland St. Ignatius High graduate) Brian Hoyer becoming a Brown than Read More…