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Browns Willing To Consider Johnny Manziel As Starting QB

Jul 27, 2015 6:29 PM

Johnny Manziel will enter training camp as the Cleveland Browns' backup quarterback, but he can still win the job with a strong showing in the preseason.

Josh McCown will likely be the Browns' Week 1 starter.

"I don't think anything's changed," Mike Pettine said as he discussed the team three days before training camp opens. "The repetitions will be handled that way with Josh as the 1. I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets. A lot can happen in preseason."

Pettine said, though, that there is clear separation between McCown and Manziel because of McCown's 12 years in the league.

"From an experience standpoint, he [McCown] is that much further ahead," Pettine said.

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Guenther: Manziel Can Become Good QB In Right System

Jun 29, 2015 10:13 AM

Paul Guenther believes Johnny Manziel can still develop into an effective NFL quarterback.

"Honestly, I think the kid needs more time" before anyone writes him off, said Guenther.

Guenther is defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals employed a strategy similar to what LSU did while Manziel was at Texas A&M -- sealing the edge and forcing him to stay in the pocket. That accentuated Manziel's 6-foot-0, 210-pound frame, but Guenther said quarterbacks at any size can learn to operate from the pocket.

"Drew Brees did it," Guenther said. "I know Drew is a little bit thicker than Johnny but about the same height. ... I don't see any reason why he can't do it up there. [Manziel] was such a high-profile guy out of college and everyone expected what he did at Texas A&M, but it's a man's game, it's a lot different, and it takes time. You have to take your lumps a little bit."

Manziel is currently the Cleveland Browns' No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown.

"I think he has good feet, is obviously a threat to run it, and I think in the right system he can be a good player," Guenther said. "There was so much expected in his first game, and maybe some of that was self-warranted, but it was so much from the fan base that you have to let him make mistakes."

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Terrelle Pryor Claimed Off Waivers By Browns

Jun 22, 2015 4:45 PM

The Cleveland Browns have claimed Terrelle Pryor off waivers.

Pryor is ready to switch from quarterback to wide receiver.

Pryor was recently released by the Cincinnati Bengals.

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

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Rosenhaus: Josh Gordon 'Still Has Very Bright NFL Future'

Jun 9, 2015 11:18 AM

Josh Gordon will serve a minimum one-year suspension this season, but he remains hopeful of returning to the field in 2016.

"With Josh, he's hanging in there," Drew Rosenhaus told The Plain Dealer over the weekend. "He's biding his time. It's a difficult process and it's meant to be difficult, obviously. But I've got faith in him and he'll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL in my opinion."

Gordon has been one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers since entering the league, but he has consistently struggled with off-field issues.

"The players on this team really care about Josh," Rosenhaus said. "(Cornerback) Joe Haden's been great to him and so have all of his friends on the team. That's really meant a lot to Josh during this difficult time."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Browns Trade For Andy Lee From 49ers

Jun 6, 2015 6:44 PM

The Cleveland Browns have traded for Andy Lee from the San Francisco 49ers.

The Browns traded a seventh-round pick in 2017 for the rights to Lee and released Lanning. Lee is a three-time Pro Bowler who was no longer in the 49ers' plans after the team drafted Clemson punter Bradley Pinion in the fifth round.

"For the last 11 years, Andy has been a tremendous representative of the 49ers organization both on the field and in the community," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "While he may be best known for his production on the field, we have come to know Andy as a great teammate and family man. We would like to thank Andy for his commitment to this organization, while wishing him and his family continued success throughout his career and beyond."

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Mike Pettine Will Be More Active With Browns' Offense

May 16, 2015 10:08 PM

Mike Pettine will take a more hand-on approach upon the offense in his second season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Pettine will sit in on meetings with new coordinator John DeFilippo and learn the playbook "just like a first-year player would learn it."

Kyle Shanahan was offensive coordinator last season and stepped down in the offseason with two years on his deal.

"I have flash cards to help me learn a lot of the formations," Pettine said Friday, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. "It was like being a rookie."

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Browns Would Have Selected Marcus Mariota At No. 12

May 4, 2015 2:49 PM

The quarterback position remains an area of need for the Cleveland Browns long-term.

The Browns were careful, however, not to "overprioritize the quarterback position," according to Mike Pettine.

Marcus Mariota would have been their selection at No. 12 if he slid to them, but they didn't believe trading up for him was worth the cost.

The Browns signed Josh McCown in the offseason and are still holding out some level of hope for Johnny Manziel.

"We go 11 against 11," said Pettine. "We’re not just trotting quarterbacks out there at the 50-yard line and they’re thumb wrestling. To me, there are a lot of different ways to win football games and you just don’t force a situation. Do we look at it and say, 'OK, if we perceive our quarterback room is not the best in the division, what does that mean? Do we call the league and cancel games?'"

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Cowboys Not Interested In Trading For Johnny Manziel

Apr 30, 2015 1:44 PM

The Dallas Cowboys are not interested in trading for Johnny Manziel if the Cleveland Browns make him available.

The Cowboys were said to be interested in Manziel during last year's draft.

Manziel could be made expendable if the Browns trade for Sam Bradford.

Ed Werder/ESPN

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ESPN Has Conflicting Reports On Browns-Titans Trade Talks

Apr 29, 2015 1:23 PM

There have been conflicting ESPN reports about whether the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans have held discussions on the second overall pick.

Pat McManamon has reported that the Browns and Titans have held discussions in which Cleveland sends the 12th and 19th picks for the second pick.

A source with the Titans told ESPN's Paul Kuharsky that the Browns had not made an offer for the No. 2 overall pick, and another source close to the Browns said there have been no substantive talks with the Titans and that these discussions commonly take place as the draft approaches.

The Browns would take Marcus Mariota if they acquire the pick from the Titans.

Cleveland selected Johnny Manziel in the first round last year, but they appear willing to concede he is not the solution at quarterback for the franchise.

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Sam Bradford Believes Eagles Could Trade Him At Draft

Apr 24, 2015 2:00 PM

Sam Bradford believes there's a chance he could be traded at the NFL Draft.

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Bradford this offseason from the St. Louis Rams, but the team remains connected to a deal for Marcus Mariota.

"Bradford doesn't know where he's going to be," said Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. "Yes, he believes the Eagles are going to keep him at this point in time, trust them, but only so far because the [2015 NFL Draft] has not played out. So he believes there is still a possibility that he could be traded somewhere else. And if that's the case, he wants to wait to see whether that's a team he ultimately wants to stay with long-term."

Bradford and the Eagles have yet to discuss an extension.

One trade scenario that has been floated around the league is a three-team deal in which Bradford goes to the Cleveland Browns for the 19th overall pick and then flip that selection, along with No. 20, Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks to the Tennessee Titans for the second pick.

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Browns Deny Shopping Johnny Manziel To Eagles
The Browns are open to drafting a quarterback again in the first round.

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Pettine: Ridiculous To Think Browns Have Moved On From Manziel
The future of Johnny Manziel with the Browns is uncertain but definitely not over.

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Johnny Manziel Apologizes To Browns, Fans
Johnny Manziel spent 10 weeks at a rehab facility.

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Browns Unveil New Uniforms, Hope To Become Oregon Of The NFL
The Browns' new uniforms include nine combinations.

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Sam Bradford Has No Interest In Extension If Traded To Browns
Sam Bradford is in the final year of his rookie contract and will earn $12.9 million this season.

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Johnny Manziel Released From Rehab Facility
The Browns expect Johnny Manziel to attend offseason workouts starting April 20.

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Browns Have Almost Entirely Moved On From Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel struggled both on and off the field during his rookie season with the Browns and the franchise appear willing to accept that he's unlikely to be their quarterback of the future.

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Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games For In-Game Texts
Ray Farmer was in his first season as general manager of the Browns in 2014.

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Johnny Manziel Expected For April Workouts
The Browns do not expect rehab to keep Johnny Manziel from competing for the starting quarterback job in 2015.

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Jimmy Haslam Could Swap Browns' Ownership For Titans
Jimmy Haslam badly wanted to own the Titans in his home state of Tennessee.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Dwayne Bowe Signs Two-Year Deal With Browns
Dwayne Bowe has a relationship with general manager Ray Farmer, who previously worked in Kansas City's personnel department.

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Browns Offered First Round Pick For Sam Bradford
The Browns aren't counting on Johnny Manziel being a factor this season.

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Tramon Williams Gets Top-20 CB Money From Browns
Tramon Williams has been durable during his time with the Packers and signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Browns.

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Jordan Cameron Signs Two-Year, $15M Deal With Dolphins
Jordan Cameron had his best year in 2013 when he caught 80 receptions.

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Browns, Raiders, Chiefs Interested In Darrelle Revis
The Browns and Raiders also pursued Darrelle Revis in 2014.

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Texans Have Deals With Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett
Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett each backed up Tom Brady with the Patriots.

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Josh McCown Signs Three-Year Deal With Browns
By signing Josh McCown, the Browns almost certainly won't bring back Brian Hoyer.

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Josh McCown, Bills In Contract Talks
Josh McCown has also visited the Browns, Bears and Jets this offseason.

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Ray Farmer Apologizes For In-Game Texts To Browns' Staffers
Mike Pettine said Wednesday he was disappointed that Ray Farmer sent the text but stressed the two can still work well together.

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NFLPA Files Grievance For Josh Gordon's One-Game Suspension
The suspension could prevent Josh Gordon from getting an accrued season and delay him from reaching free agency.

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