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Browns Release Brian Hartline

May 23, 2016 5:52 PM

The Cleveland Browns have released Brian Hartline.

Hartline struggled to gain separation and was a below replacement level wide receiver.

First-round pick Corey Coleman is in line to be the team's leading receiver, with Andrew Hawkins the remaining veteran.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Reports: Manziel Indicted On Misdemeanor Assault Charge

Apr 24, 2016 11:45 PM

Embattled quarterback Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a misdemeanor assault charge, ABC News 8 in Dallas and CBS Radio in Dallas reported, citing sources.

The formal announcement is expected to come Monday. Manziel's case was heard by a grand jury on Thursday.

Manziel, a former Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M, is accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Sashi Brown: Browns 'Like Volume', Could Move Down Further

Apr 21, 2016 11:37 AM

The Cleveland Browns are not ruling out moving further down in the first round.

The Browns traded the No. 2 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 8 pick, which included a collection of additional picks.

Brown said that the Browns “like volume,” and that instead of betting on one player, “We’re betting on four.”

Brown said that the team hasn’t “solved the QB position by any stretch” by signing Robert Griffin III, and that Griffin has to “earn” the spot.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Eagles Trade Up To No. 2 With Browns

Apr 20, 2016 2:02 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade up to the second overall pick in a deal with the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns will move back to No. 8 overall while also acquiring the Eagles' third rounder and fourth rounder this season along with their 2017 first round pick and their 2018 second round pick.

The Eagles acquire the Browns' 2017 fourth round pick in addition to the second overall pick this season.

Philadelphia will presumably pick whichever quarterback the Los Angeles Rams don't select at No. 1 between Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.

The Eagles signed Sam Bradford to a two-year, $36 million deal on March 1st and also have Chase Daniel on a three-year, $21 million deal.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Browns Holding Talks Involving 2nd Overall Pick

Apr 19, 2016 2:09 PM

The Cleveland Browns have been in discussions with other teams about trading the second overall pick.

"There is interest in the pick," said a source.

The Browns have been linked to Jared Goff and Carson Wentz but the analytics-driven front office is seriously considering trading out of the No. 2 slot to acquire multiple picks.

Sashi Brown, Cleveland's new director of football operations, acknowledged last week that "there's been some interest" from other teams in the No. 2 pick, although he noted that those inquiries were preliminary.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been identified as a possible team interested in trading up.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Drew Rosenhaus Drops Johnny Manziel As Client

Apr 13, 2016 8:04 PM

Johnny Manziel will be dropped by Drew Rosenhaus as a client and will only be taken back if he enters treatment for his issues.

“I have terminated the standard representation with Johnny Manziel in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs,” Rosenhaus told Schefter. “I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him. Otherwise the termination will become permanent. There is a five-day window for me to rescind the termination. I’m hoping he takes the necessary steps to get his life back on track.”

Rosenhaus replaced Erik Burkhardt as his agent in January.

The Browns officially released Manziel in early March, a move delayed only for salary cap reasons.

Manziel was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend on January 30th.

Adam Schefter/ESPN (via PFT)

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NFL Denies Josh Gordon's Petition For Reinstatement

Apr 12, 2016 6:04 PM

The NFL has denied Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban.

Gordon can apply for reinstatement again later in the year.

The league will need to see a serious commitment from Gordon to his program, including a possible stint in an inpatient rehab facility.

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported that Gordon had failed another league-administered drug test.

The amount of marijuana in the samples was less than the 35 nanograms required for a positive test, according to the report. But a diluted sample that contains traces of a banned substance constitutes a positive test for a player in Stage Two or Stage Three of the program. Gordon is in Stage Three.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Suspension

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Josh Gordon Failed NFL-Administered Drug Test

Apr 11, 2016 7:07 PM

Josh Gordon failed an NFL-administered drug test last month.

Gordon tested positive for marijuana and dilute, according to a source informed of the results of the test. The source added that both the "A" and "B" samples collected were positive for marijuana and dilute. Though the level of marijuana was below the 35 nanograms per milliliter required for a positive test, the diluted sample is considered a positive test.

Gordon applied for reinstatement in February and, if all went well, could have been reinstated within 60 days. 

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Suspension

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Hue Jackson Could Be 'Bad Fit' For Browns' Analytics Staff

Apr 11, 2016 1:20 PM

Hue Jackson is described by a former NFL executive as "a very bad fit" for the type of approach Paul DePodesta wants to take for the Cleveland Browns.

Jackson's coaching staff also may not be on board with the analytics department's decision making.

“It’s not just Hue Jackson,” the former executive said. “When data overrides gut, the majority of his coaching staff will all be there screaming, ‘What the f— are these computer guys doing? They don’t understand football, they don’t understand the locker room. They’re killing us.'”

Jackson has said there’s a process and a plan with Cleveland and he’s on board with it. 

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Robert Griffin III: No Pressure, No Diamonds

Apr 7, 2016 12:30 AM

Robert Griffin III was introduced to the media on Wednesday as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

"No pressure, no diamonds," said Griffin as he walked away from the podium.

"I know the history, a little bit, of Cleveland," Griffin said. "And guys sometimes don't want to come here. I wanted to come here. I wanted to be here, and I wanted them to know that."

Griffin acknowledged that not playing a down for Washington last season was mentally taxing.

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Hue Jackson Completely Believes In Browns' Experimental Front Office
Hue Jackson joined the Browns as head coach after serving as offensive coordinator of the Bengals.

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Jets, Browns No Longer Interested In Colin Kaepernick
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Robert Griffin III Signs Two-Year Deal With Browns
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Browns Host Robert Griffin III For Two-Day Visit
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Johnny Manziel Hires Drew Rosenhaus As Agent
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The 49ers have no issue with retaining Colin Kaepernick for the 2016 season and allowing him to compete for their starting job.

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Colin Kaepernick Seeking Trade To Browns
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Johnny Manziel Waived By Browns
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Broncos, Jets, Browns Express Interest In Trade For Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick is recovering from surgeries to his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee, and on April 1 his $11.9 million base salary for 2016 becomes guaranteed.

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Alex Mack Voids Contract With Browns, Return Remains 'Very Probable'
Alex Mack had $24 million remaining on the deal with the Browns.

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Browns Hint Josh Gordon Will Be Welcomed Back
Josh Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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Polian: Peyton Manning Qualified To Immediately Become NFL GM
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Browns Deny Lying About Manziel Concussion To Cover Up His Drinking
An independent neurologist diagnosed Johnny Manziel with a concussion four days before the 2015 season finale, the Browns said Tuesday.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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Johnny Manziel Allegedly Struck Ex-Girlfriend Multiple Times
Colleen Crowley told Fort Worth Police that Johnny Manziel struck her several times and seemed to be on drugs.

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Johnny Manziel Believes Cowboys, Rams, Chiefs Interested
Johnny Manziel has reportedly told people that the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs have interest in signing him.

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Browns To Cut Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel will be cut by the Browns when the NFL's 2016 calendar begins on March 9th.

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Browns, Chargers, Cowboys Could Select QB At Top Of Draft
Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch are considered the top quarterbacks.

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