Cleveland Browns Wiretap

Joe Thomas Won't Ask Browns For Trade

Oct 15, 2016 5:52 PM

Joe Thomas will not ask the Cleveland Browns to trade him before the NFL's Nov. 1st deadline.

Thomas was nearly traded last season to the Denver Broncos at the deadline before the Browns backed out.

Thomas has played for just one winning team since he entered the NFL in 2007 and has been part of numerous coaching and front office changes.

Thomas had no comment on the upcoming trade deadline.

Thomas is now 31 as the Browns are in the midst of a multi-year rebuild.


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Cody Kessler Will Start For Browns In Week 6

Oct 14, 2016 7:56 AM

Cody Kessler will start for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, Hue Jackson has announced.

"Cody Kessler practiced (in) full," Jackson said. "I think he's ready to go."

Kessler was knocked out of last week's loss to the New England Patriots with a rib injury.

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Art Briles Helping Browns Offense In Guest Role

Oct 13, 2016 6:19 AM

The Cleveland Browns had Art Briles in as a guest on Wednesday to help lend some offensive advice.

Briles was fired by Baylor and Hue Jackson said the Browns aren't passing judgment regarding the sexual assault scandal that led to his ouster.

"He is a tremendous offensive minded football coach. I'm always looking at different ways of doing things and preparing things. What happened at Baylor is at Baylor," Jackson said. "I respect what you are saying and understand that trail, but at the same time, I think everybody deserves an opportunity to kind of do what they do. I respect everybody's feelings and I don't condone anything or not, but that is not for me to judge. The opportunity to pick his brain and to have him be around and talk to him and get to know him outside of all of that in a different capacity was what was important to me."

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Terrelle Pryor Thought Patriots Would Sign Him In 2015

Oct 7, 2016 8:21 AM

Terrelle Pryor, who has emerged as the top playmaker for the Cleveland Browns this season, had a workout with the New England Patriots last season.

The quarterback-turned-receiver will face New England with Tom Brady returning this weekend.

I really thought I was going to be a Patriot," Pryor said. "I know Bill Belichick really liked me. I had a great workout for them and everything went really well. I really thought he was going to sign me."

Pryor called his visit last autumn to New England "phenomenal," but felt that Belichick wasn't ready to take the leap "because he just wasn't sure my hamstring was 100 percent healed."

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Johnny Manziel Free To Sign With Any NFL Team After Suspension Lifted

Oct 5, 2016 9:28 PM

Johnny Manziel is now free to sign with any NFL team as his four-game suspension has ended.

In June, the NFL suspended Manziel for the first four games of the 2016 season, reportedly for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The Browns waived Manziel in March, after an alleged domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend.


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NFL Acknowledges 'Bad Visual' In Browns-Washington Fumble

Oct 5, 2016 8:14 AM

Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president, acknowledged Tuesday the "bad visual" of a controversial fumble ruling in Week 4' s game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington.

Sarah Thomas awarded possession to Washington long before Browns running back Duke Johnson, Jr. emerged from the pile with the ball.

"We don't have evidence [on replay] that Washington recovered it or Cleveland recovered it, so we have to go with what the official called on the field," Blandino said.

The play occurred with nine minutes, 41 seconds remaining in Washington's eventual 31-20 victory. Screen grabs circulated around the Internet and social media showed Thomas pulling players off the pile -- presumably looking for the ball -- while Johnson stood next to her, holding it high above her head.

According to Blandino, Thomas saw a Washington player recover the ball before Johnson "pulled it away."

"We're not digging at that point [when Johnson had the ball]," Blandino said. "What we're doing is signaling to the players that possession has been established so that they don't continue to fight, and we do that for player safety reasons."

The official box score credited Washington linebacker Will Compton with the recovery. There is no evidence of that on replays of the broadcast, nor was there on any angle reviewed by officials after the play. The NFL replay system requires "clear and obvious" evidence of a mistake to overturn a call.

"There is never an angle that shows Johnson recovering the football on the ground," Blandino said, "and the player coming out of the pile with it is not sufficient evidence, because we all know that the ball can change hands in the pile."

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Josh Gordon To Remain On Reserve/Suspended List

Oct 4, 2016 8:11 AM

Josh Gordon will remain on the reserve/suspended list until further notice, according to a league source.

Gordon, who was conditionally suspended for the first four games of the season, recently checked into an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Gordon could have been reinstated Monday, but the suspension has not been lifted.

The Cleveland Browns have made it clear they are moving on without Gordon.

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Browns Don't Have Any Of The Picks Acquired For Julio Jones

Oct 3, 2016 10:28 AM

The Atlanta Falcons gave up two first round picks, a second round pick and two fourth round picks in 2011 to move up 21 spots to select Julio Jones.

The five picks used by the Cleveland Browns (Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Owen Marecic, Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden) are all no longer with the team.

Jones led the NFL in receiving yards in 2015 and caught 12 balls for 300 yards on Sunday.

“I saw him live twice at Alabama and obviously did a lot of work on him,” Thomas Dimitroff said Sunday night. “What really interested me was what he was—driven—and what he wasn’t—a diva. I mean, I was numb at what we were going to have to pay to get him. But I always felt strongly that a difference-maker like him, with an attitude like he had, would always be worth it.”

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Browns Pursued Trade Of Josh Gordon Before Entering Rehab

Oct 2, 2016 12:17 PM

The Cleveland Browns actively pursued trading Josh Gordon before he checked himself into rehab.

The Browns had discussions about Gordon with other teams as recently as last week and were looking to acquire a first- or second-day draft pick.

Gordon's trade value predictably fell when he announced he was going to rehab.

One source familiar with Gordon's case told Schefter that the receiver would not have decided to enter the facility "without slipping up."

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Browns To Part Ways With Josh Gordon

Sep 30, 2016 1:59 PM

The Cleveland Browns will part ways with Josh Gordon.

Gordon is entering a rehabilitation facility, citing a need to "gain full control of my life."

Hue Jackson said earlier Friday that the team will "move on" from Gordon. The source acknowledged that the Browns ultimately plan to cut ties with Gordon, but noted that Jackson's comment was not meant to reflect the team's plans.

Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season but was reinstated conditionally on July 25 by commissioner Roger Goodell, though he also was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.

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Josh Gordon Enters Inpatient Rehab Facility
Josh Gordon was set to be reinstated by the NFL to return to play in Week 5 but he's instead entered an inpatient treatment facility.

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Terrelle Pryor Believes Browns Can Win Out
The Browns have started the season with three straight losses, but Terrelle Pryor believes they can rebound in a big way.

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Hue Jackson: Browns Aren't "Tanking" For No. 1 Pick
Hue Jackson said on Monday, a day after the Browns lost in overtime against the Dolphins, that the team isn't losing in hopes of getting the No. 1 overall pick in next spring's draft.

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Terrelle Pryor Plays QB, WR And Safety For Browns
Terrelle Pryor did a little bit of everything for the Browns on Sunday, starting the game at wide receiver while also playing quarterback and safety.

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Corey Coleman Out Several Weeks With Broken Hand
Corey Coleman had 13 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season.

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Josh McCown Out For Week 3, Browns To Start 3rd Different QB In 2016
Rookie Cody Kessler will start for the Browns in Week 3.

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Robert Griffin III Could Miss 12 Weeks Due To Shoulder Injury
Hue Jackson said earlier this week that the Browns hope Robert Griffin III can avoid surgery.

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Browns Place Robert Griffin III On IR With Shoulder Injury
Robert Griffin III will miss at least the next eight games for the Browns.

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Browns Only Willing To Trade Josh McCown For High Pick
The Cowboys were interested in trading for Josh McCown until they realized how much the Browns wanted in return, according to a report.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Barkevious Mingo Finds 'Culture Shock' Between Patriots, Browns
Cleveland traded Barkevious Mingo to New England late last week.

Adam Kurkjian/Boston Herald

Browns Trade Punter Andy Lee To Panthers
The Browns have traded Andy Lee and a 2017 seventh-round draft pick to the Panthers for Kasey Redfern and a fourth-round pick in 2018.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Browns Release Pass Rusher Paul Kruger
The Browns have released Paul Kruger, according to a report.

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Browns Sought 2nd Round Pick For Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon said Tuesday he doesn't want to be traded.

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Browns Trade Barkevious Mingo To Patriots
The Browns have traded Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick in 2017.

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Browns May Have Floated Out Josh Gordon Rumors To Increase Interest
It was reported on Tuesday that the Browns have fielded trade offers for Josh Gordon, but another report indicates that the club may have planted the story because they are considering dealing the wid

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Browns Receiving Significant Trade Interest On Josh Gordon
Cleveland has tried to establish an environment in which Gordon could thrive, and many around the league believe that first-year head coach Hue Jackson is the right coach for him.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Joe Haden: Josh Gordon 'Looks The Exact Same'
Josh Gordon is practicing with the first-team offense of the Browns and showing flashes of the talent that allowed him to lead the NFL in receiving three years ago.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Robert Griffin III Reportedly Files For Divorce From Wife
According to the report, the couple have been separated for the past several months.

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Josh Gordon Takes Part In Walkthrough, Has Lost Weight
Josh Gordon hasn't practiced with the Browns because of a quadriceps injury, but he took part in Sunday's walkthrough and is close to getting the green light.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Robert Griffin III Named Browns' Starting Quarterback
Despite Cleveland drafting a quarterback in 2016 (USC's Cody Kessler) and Josh McCown's presence on the roster, a majority of the focus was on Robert Griffin.

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