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Jamie Collins Finalizing Extension With Browns

Jan 20, 2017 12:10 PM

Jamie Collins and the Cleveland Browns are finalizing a contract extension.

The extension Collins signs with the Browns will eclipse the per-year salary of fellow linebacker Luke Kuechly.

The Browns acquired Collins from the New England Patriots on Oct. 31st for a third round pick.

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Browns Working On New Deal For Jamie Collins

Jan 20, 2017 8:04 AM

The Cleveland Browns are close to completing a new deal for Jamie Collins, according to a source.

The Browns have made re-signing Collins a priority this offseason. They acquired him from the New England Patriots for a third-round pick midway through the season.

In just eight starts, Collins finished third on the team in tackles with 69. He also had two sacks and one forced fumble.

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Deshaun Watson To Enter 2017 NFL Draft

Jan 10, 2017 8:18 AM

After leading Clemson to a thrilling victory over Alabama in the national title game, Deshaun Watson confirmed that he will leave school for the 2017 NFL Draft.

"It's my time to go," Watson said.

Watson was named the offensive MVP of the game after going 36-for-56 for 420 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards and a fourth touchdown in the Tigers' 35-31 win.

He was a Heisman Trophy finalist the past two seasons, finishing third in 2015 and second in 2016.

"Whoever picks me up is gonna get a champion, not just on the field, but off the field, and just a champion at heart who'll make people around him better," Watson told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt. "I'm just gonna go to work, and regardless of my situation or where I go, I'm gonna play my role and do the best I can do."

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Browns Expect To Hire Gregg Williams As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 8, 2017 3:01 PM

The Cleveland Browns expect to hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator.

Williams' defenses make opposing offenses take "the long, hard route to score touchdowns," Hue Jackson said in a conference call to discuss the hiring of Williams to replace Ray Horton, who was fired.

"I have a vision of what I want our defense to play like and look like, and I am going to get that. That is what I am looking forward to," Jackson said.

Williams had previously been the Los Angeles Rams' defensive coordinator, but after head coach Jeff Fisher was let go during the season, Rams assistants were free to seek other employment in the offseason while the team searched for Fisher's replacement.

"It's very exciting for me to become part of the Cleveland Browns organization and join Hue Jackson's coaching staff," Williams said in a statement. "I have so much respect for Hue having competed against him in this league for so many years. We're looking forward to getting to work."

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Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017

Jan 4, 2017 8:45 AM

If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Those teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

A team can be forced to appear on Hard Knocks if three conditions are met: a) it hasn't appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years, b) it hasn't made the playoffs in the last two years, and c) it doesn't have a new head coach.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Joe Thomas: Browns Can't Keep Letting Young Stars Leave

Jan 3, 2017 7:31 AM

Joe Thomas believes the Cleveland Browns need to do a better job of holding onto young talent if they hope to get better.

"One of our biggest mistakes that we've made since I've been here is not identifying talent early on in their career, after you've drafted them, and re-signing them before they get to free agency," Thomas said.

The Browns lost Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz in free agency last offseason. Both players will play in the postseason.

"Once a guy gets to free agency, he could go anywhere, because all it takes is one team to really fall in love with somebody and throw a big number at them and then they're gone," Thomas said. "Now all that effort and energy that you've put into developing a young man into a great NFL player is gone, and that draft capital you spent on him is a waste.

"You sometimes hear fans say, 'Well we were 1-15 with them, we can be 1-15 without them.' But if you want to be better than 1-15 you have to keep your good players. That's just the way it goes. You can't keep getting rid of good players and think you're going to get better. Anybody with a brain can figure that out."

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Browns Playing To Win, Not Lock Up No. 1 Pick

Dec 29, 2016 7:29 AM

The Cleveland Browns are one loss away from locking up the No. 1 overall pick, but Hue Jackson says they'll play to win in Week 17.

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to sit their stars in the season finale with a playoff berth locked up.

"Oh no, we are trying to win a game," Jackson said. "That talk, we don't even get into. Like I said before, these guys have worked so hard that every chance you go out there, you are trying to win.

"All of that will take care of itself on how it all unfolds. First pick, second pick, third pick, there are good players every year. We are going to be at the top of the draft regardless of how we finish. We will be fine that way."

At 1-14, the Browns are guaranteed either the first or second pick. They also have a first round pick coming from the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Myles Garrett Prefers Avoiding Cold-Weather City In NFL

Dec 27, 2016 8:11 PM

Myles Garrett said he would prefer to not be drafted by a cold weather city. The first two picks will be the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. The Browns are reportedly extremely high on Garrett, who ranks first in Jeff Risdon's Top-125.

"Doesn't matter (who drafts me) ... but I'd like not to go anywhere cold," Garrett said Tuesday, per The Houston Chronicle. "Whoever picks me up, I'm going to try and play my best for, to be the best player on the field at any given time. It doesn't matter who picks me up, I'm going to try and be a franchise player for them."

Garrett has drawn comparisons to Jevon Kearse.

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Browns Win First Game Of 2016 Yet Likely Secure Top Pick In 2017

Dec 25, 2016 11:22 AM

The Cleveland Browns secured their first win of 2016 in Week 16 to avoid becoming the second 0-16 team in NFL history as they defeated the Chargers 20-17.

The Browns' win had put the 49ers in the driver's seat to secure the top overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft but they defeated the Rams 21-20 with a late two-point conversion.

The unlikely series of events was a reminder that the 49ers hold the tiebreaker with the Browns in draft order, should it come to that. The NFL uses reverse order of strength of schedule in those situations, and entering Week 16, the 49ers (.513) were well below the Browns (.565).

Cleveland will clinch the No. 1 spot if they lose to the Steelers in Week 17.

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Brian Hartline: Terrelle Pryor A 'Flash In The Pan'
Terrelle Pryor may not deserve a big contract when he becomes a free agent this offseason, according to former teammate Brian Hartline.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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Browns Sticking With Robert Griffin III As Starter
The Browns are sticking with Robert Griffin III with two games left to avoid a winless season.

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Jaguars, Dolphins, Browns, Rams Will Have 2017 Home Games In London
The Jaguars, Dolphins, Browns and Rams will play home games overseas.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Likely To Receive Trade Interest From Browns
Some believe Cleveland will pursue a trade with the Patriots for Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Browns Enamored With Myles Garrett
The Browns have given an "astronomical grade" to Myles Garrett during their evaluations.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Robert Griffin III To Start At Quarterback Against Bengals
Hue Jackson also said it's important to see Robert Griffin III so the Browns can garner more information before deciding if they should bring him back in 2017.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Hue Jackson Won't Let Browns Trade Joe Thomas While He's Coaching
Joe Thomas has been mentioned in trade rumors for the past two years, but Hue Jackson says the Browns aren't moving the left tackle.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Browns 'Really Like' Decision To Trade Carson Wentz
Cleveland traded away the second overall pick that became Carson Wentz to the Eagles for an extra first rounder in 2017 and extra second rounders in 2017 and 2018.

Jenny Vrentas/Sports Illustrated

Ben Roethlisberger 'Blown Away' Browns Didn't Draft Carson Wentz
Ben Roethlisberger, who said earlier this season that he was "really surprised" the Browns didn't draft Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, took it one step further on Wednesday.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Hue Jackson Says He's Been 'Too Harsh' On Cody Kessler
Hue Jackson wants to ease the pressure he's placed on Cody Kessler, whom he benched in the third quarter of Thursday night's 28-7 loss to the Ravens.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Browns' Front Office, Coaching Staff Have 'Heightened Tension'
Jimmy Haslam has fired three coaches and general managers in the past four years and has blown up his front office repeatedly.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Hue Jackson: Browns Need To Throw Deep More Often
The Browns are sticking with Cody Kessler at quarterback, but Hue Jackson says changes need to be made to the offense.

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Chris Kirskey: Browns Won't Go 0-16
A week after declaring that the Browns would go 8-0 the rest of the way, Chris Kirskey promises that the team will win at some point this season.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Browns Hope To Start Cody Kessler For Remainder Of Season
Cody Kessler will start at quarterback for the Browns in Week 9 against the Cowboys.

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Corey Coleman Will Be 'Full Go' For Browns
Corey Coleman hasn't played since totaling 104 yards on five receptions in Week 2.

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Patriots Trade Jamie Collins To Browns
Jamie Collins' four-year rookie contract will expire after the season.

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Josh Gordon Exits Rehab Facility, Hopes To Resume NFL Career
The program was the most intensive treatment that Josh Gordon has gone through, and he is doing "a lot better," one source said.

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Hue Jackson: Browns Will Not Trade Joe Thomas
With a week to go before the trade deadline, Joe Thomas has been mentioned often in rumors.

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Browns Won't Trade Joe Thomas Before Deadline
The Browns are clearly in rebuilding mode but aren't interested in trading Joe Thomas, who they almost dealt last season to the Broncos.

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