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Terrelle Pryor Unlikely To Receive Franchise Tag From Browns

Feb 27, 2017 3:54 PM

The Cleveland Browns are willing to risk losing Terrelle Pryor in free agency.

The club is unlikely to use the franchise tag on Pryor. This season placing the tag on a wide receiver will eat up 9.39% of the salary cap. That's expected to be north of $15 million for the 2017 season.

Pryor, a former quarterback, caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns in his first full season as a receiver.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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DeShaun Watson Hearing He'll Be A Top-Five Draft Pick

Feb 21, 2017 4:44 PM

DeShaun Watson says people are telling him that he'll be a top-five pick in the NFL Draft.

"I'm hearing that. First round, anywhere in that range, top 10, top five, just depends on what the teams say," Watson said.

Watson will perform at the NFL Scouting Combine next month.

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Browns Will Meet With Terrelle Pryor's Agent This Week

Feb 14, 2017 7:36 AM

The Cleveland Browns will meet with Drew Rosenhaus this week about a new contract for Terrelle Pryor, according to a report.

Pryor will become a free agent next month if the two sides don't work out an agreement.

The Browns consider re-signing Pryor their top offseason priority.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Josh McCown: Jimmy Garoppolo Has Potential To 'Carry A Franchise'

Feb 13, 2017 9:43 AM

Josh McCown is no longer a member of the Cleveland Browns, but he still has an opinion about who will be their starting quarterback next season.

McCown believes that Jimmy Garoppolo, who has been linked to Cleveland in trade rumors, would be a nice fit.

"I've seen him on tape because we had a common opponent in Miami," McCown said. "He made some high-level throws and did some things that would get you excited about his ability to maybe carry a franchise. That's definitely on the tape."

McCown went further, offering some comparisons for the young New England Patriots quarterback.

"I saw some things in Derek Carr early on in the 2014 draft that reminded me of Aaron Rodgers and I thought 'this guy is going to be pretty good,'" McCown said. "I see the same things when I watch Jimmy: quick release, strong arm, athletic. I'm not saying he's Aaron Rodgers, but he's got some traits in the same mold, and he's got tremendous upside."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Myles Garrett Asks Cowboys To Trade Up For Him In Video

Feb 10, 2017 9:34 PM

In a video from December that was released on Friday, Myles Garrett asked Jerry Jones to trade up to select him in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The ESPN video, released Friday, was taken during a relaxed interview session at the College Football Awards show Dec. 8.

 

His answer was "100 percent supposed to be fun," the producer said.

"All right, I'm speaking to you, Jerry," Myles Garrett said. "Mr. Garrett, make it happen. Dak Prescott is leading our team right now. I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks, give them to Cleveland so you can pick me up. Please. I would love to play in Dallas. Just make it happen."

In a separate video for KRIV-TV in Houston that was posted on Twitter on Thursday, Garrett said he would "definitely" like to play for the Browns.

"People might say, oh they're this, they're that, or I made a comment about cold weather and they kind of pointed toward Cleveland," Garrett said. "It doesn't matter to me. I'll play wherever they put me. It's about your mindset you go into it [with]. If you go in there with a mindset that you're going to turn things around, you can make that contagious and people start to believe in it, then you can turn it into a winning program wherever you go."

Garrett grew up in Arlington where the Cowboys play.

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

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Myles Garrett Will Skip NFL Draft Ceremony

Feb 10, 2017 1:26 PM

Myles Garrett plans to skip the 2017 NFL Draft ceremony, instead watching at his home in Arlington, Texas.

Garrett is widely expected to be the top pick in the draft.

Last year, 25 prospects attended the draft.

Two years ago, the No. 1 pick of the 2015 draft, Jameis Winston, opted out of the chance to attend the draft in person because his grandmother was unable to travel for health reasons while Marcus Mariota also stayed home.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Draft Misc

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Browns Release Josh McCown

Feb 8, 2017 9:11 AM

The Cleveland Browns have released Josh McCown, who intends to continue his NFL career.

Tramon Williams was also cut loose.

The Browns avoided paying a $750,000 roster bonus to McCown and $1 million to Williams.

In 2016, McCown went 90-for-165 with 1,100 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Garoppolo On Browns: 'We'll See When I Get There'

Feb 2, 2017 8:21 AM

When asked whether he would welcome a trade to the Cleveland Browns, Jimmy Garoppolo made an odd choice with his words.

"That opportunity really hasn't approached me yet so we'll see when we get there I guess," Garoppolo told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

While Garoppolo intensified rumors by saying "when" and not "if" the belief is that there was no hidden meaning.

"To be honest, I really haven't thought about it much," he said. "It's not even in the back of my mind. We're focused on the [Atlanta] Falcons this week. It's a big week for us. It's the biggest game of the year and that's kind of where my mind's at."

The New England Patriots have Garoppolo under contract for one more season at less than $1 million.

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Browns Have Real Interest In Trading For Jimmy Garoppolo

Feb 1, 2017 10:59 AM

The Cleveland Browns have real interest in acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots this offseason, according to a report.

The Browns have the first overall pick in the draft and could still decide to take a quarterback. Cleveland also has the No. 12 pick, which they acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles, to use in a trade or on a quarterback.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Joe Thomas Lobbies For Browns To Pick Pass Rusher 1st Overall

Jan 26, 2017 4:34 PM

Joe Thomas is lobbying for the Cleveland Browns to take a pass rusher first overall instead of a quarterback.

Thomas would seem to be favoring Myles Garrett of Texas A&M.

"I would say you want to go defense," Thomas said Thursday on the Dan Patrick Show. "I think you need to get a pass-rusher."

Thomas' take was interesting because he has stressed the importance of identifying and developing a franchise quarterback. 

The Browns have had 18 starting quarterbacks since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

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Dabo Swinney: Passing On Deshaun Watson Like Passing On MJ
Dabo Swinney gave a ringing endorsement to his quarterback leading up to the NFL Draft.

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Jamie Collins Agrees To Four-Year, $50M Extension With Browns
Jamie Collins was acquired from New England in a trade midway through the 2016 season.

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Browns Reportedly Asked Deshaun Watson To Play In Senior Bowl
Deshaun Watson declined to play in the Senior Bowl last week despite a request from the Browns to do so, according to a report from MMQB.

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

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Browns Working On New Deal For Jamie Collins
The Browns are close to completing a new deal for Jamie Collins, according to a source.

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Deshaun Watson To Enter 2017 NFL Draft
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.

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Browns Expect To Hire Gregg Williams As Defensive Coordinator
Gregg Williams was most recently defensive coordinator of the Rams.

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Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017
If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

RealGM Staff Report

Joe Thomas: Browns Can't Keep Letting Young Stars Leave
The Browns lost Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz in free agency last offseason. Both players will play in the postseason.

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

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Myles Garrett Prefers Avoiding Cold-Weather City In NFL
The Browns are reportedly extremely high on Myles Garrett, who ranks first in Jeff Risdon's Top-125.

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

RealGM Staff Report

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.

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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.

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