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Josh McCown Signs Three-Year Deal With Browns

Feb 27, 2015 6:59 PM

Josh McCown has agreed upon a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

By signing McCown, the Browns almost certainly won't bring back Brian Hoyer.

McCown has the inside track to start at quarterback for the Browns with Johnny Manziel in rehab.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Josh McCown, Bills In Contract Talks

Feb 26, 2015 11:21 AM

The Buffalo Bills and Josh McCown are in contract talks.

The negotiations began after the 35-year-old spent the previous two days visiting the Cleveland Browns.


McCown has also visited the Chicago Bears and New York Jets.

Kyle Orton finished the 2014 season as the Bills' starting quarterback, but he's decided to retire.

EJ Manuel is the only experienced quarterback on the Bills' roster.

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ray Farmer Apologizes For In-Game Texts To Browns' Staffers

Feb 19, 2015 1:28 PM

Ray Farmer has apologized for texting Cleveland Browns' staffers during a game.

That type of communication is againt NFL rules.

The league recently interviewed Farmer, who texted at least one coach during a game. The results of the probe could result in a fine, a suspension for Farmer and the loss of at least one draft pick.

"I know I messed up," Farmer said Thursday from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "People understand what the rules are. In my case, I would tell you that it's not an excuse, but sometimes your emotions get the best of you."

Mike Pettine said Wednesday he was disappointed that Farmer sent the text but stressed the two can still work well together.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Suspension

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NFLPA Files Grievance For Josh Gordon's One-Game Suspension

Feb 17, 2015 10:29 AM

The NFL Players Association filed a non-injury grievance against the Cleveland Browns for the one-game suspension they imposed on wide receiver Josh Gordon at the end of this past season.

The suspension could prevent Gordon from getting an accrued season and delay him from reaching free agency. The Browns suspended Gordon for the last game of the season, which meant he was active for only five games.

The NFLPA plans to argue, among other things, that Gordon missing a special teams meeting did not constitute grounds for a one-game suspension.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Browns Wanted Foles For Gordon In 2013 Trade Talks

Feb 16, 2015 9:21 PM

The Cleveland Browns discussed a Josh Gordon trade with the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2013 season.

The San Francisco 49ers were rumored at the time to be interested in Gordon.

The Browns sought Nick Foles, who went into that season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Michael Vick.

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

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Browns Like Marcus Mariota

Feb 10, 2015 1:20 PM

The Cleveland Browns could select a quarterback in the first round for the second straight draft.

Ray Farmer has "shown a liking" for Marcus Mariota.

Mariota has been preparing for the draft since mid-January with Kevin O'Connell, who was recently named to Mike Pettine's staff as quarterbacks coach. O'Connell hasn't officially joined the team yet, allowing him to finish his prior commitments, including his work with Mariota.


The Browns drafted Johnny Manziel last season.

Cleveland owns the No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks, which could allow them to move up to select Mariota.

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

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NFL's Text Probe Could Impact Free Agency Of Brian Hoyer

Feb 8, 2015 10:48 PM

The NFL's investigation into the Cleveland Browns' alleged texting from the front office to the coaching staff may impact the free agency decision of Brian Hoyer.

"To read the stories and see what's going on, I'm just as interested as you guys are to see where that comes out," Hoyer said Saturday after making an appearance at the Home and Garden Show in Cleveland. "Especially because when you read it has to do with the quarterback situation and play calling. That's something that could affect how I feel about it.

"For me, I'm looking forward to see what comes out of that."

Hoyer is considering all options.

"And obviously, Cleveland has a big place in my heart," he said.

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Josh Gordon Suspended At Least One Season By NFL

Feb 3, 2015 6:52 PM

Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire 2015 season by the NFL for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer reported the impending suspension last week, after Gordon had tested positive for alcohol. The suspension begins immediately and is effectively indefinite, as Gordon must apply for reinstatement next February.

"As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh," general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement released by the team. "Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization. Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him.

"It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon. Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the National Football League. We will have no further comment on Josh as he will not be permitted in our facility for the duration of his suspension."

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1


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Johnny Manziel Enters Rehab

Feb 2, 2015 11:02 AM

Johnny Manziel entered treatment on Wednesday for undisclosed reasons.

"Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step," adviser Brad Beckworth said.

"On behalf of Johnny and his family, we're asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland."

Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement that they support Manziel's decision.

"We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns," Farmer said.

"We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same."

According to 20 Cleveland Browns' sources, Manziel's problems run deep.

Manziel showed a lack of commitment and preparation, as well as a continued propensity for nightlife.

"Johnny's his own worst enemy," one source said.

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Josh Gordon Could Face One-Year Suspension
Josh Gordon tested positive for alcohol and will now be subject to a one-year suspension.

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Haslam: Browns Need To Get A Quarterback
The Browns used a first round pick on Johnny Manziel last year.

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DeFilippo Unsure If Browns Already Have Their QB On Roster
John DeFilippo met Johnny Manziel before last year's draft and said he's ready and eager to work with him.

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Browns Hire John DeFilippo As Offensive Coordinator
John DeFilippo will be in charge of figuring out how to maximize the effectiveness of Johnny Manziel.

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Browns Considering Mike Martz For Offensive Coordinator Job
Mike Martz was most recently offensive coordinator of the Bears and has been out of football since 2011.

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NFL Investigating Potential Texts To Browns' Sideline During Games
Texting would be a violation of the NFL's rules prohibiting electronic communication during games.

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Kyle Shanahan, Browns Agree To Part Ways
The Browns and Kyle Shanahan have agreed to part ways after one season as offensive coordinator.

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Kyle Shanahan Seeking Exit From Browns Due To Organizational Friction
Kyle Shanahan was in his first season as offensive coordinator of the Browns.

Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer

Browns Open To Re-Signing Brian Hoyer
The Browns would like to re-sign Brian Hoyer if he wants to again compete for the starting quarterback job with Johnny Manziel.

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Josh Gordon Suspended By Browns For Week 17
Both Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel were absent from the Browns' walk-through Saturday morning, and the team had trouble locating them.


Manziel Acknowledges Need For Increased Professionalism
Johnny Manziel wants to be "the guy" for the Browns next season and is prepared to have a more professional offseason.

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Johnny Manziel Out For Week 17 With Hamstring
Johnny Manziel will miss the rest of the season with an injured hamstring.

RealGM Staff Report

Johnny Manziel To Keep Starting For Browns
Mike Pettine believes Johnny Manziel has practiced at a high level, has "shown flashes" of potential, will improve in the final two games and still gives the Browns an opportunity to win.

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Browns To Start Johnny Manziel In Week 15
The Browns will start Johnny Manziel at quarterback for their Week 15 game against the Bengals.

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Browns To Start Brian Hoyer Over Johnny Manziel
Brian Hoyer reportedly had widespread support within the Browns' locker room.

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Johnny Manziel Claims He Tried To Avoid Altercation
Johnny Manziel said he did everything he could to escape a “very aggressive” fan before an altercation in the lobby of his apartment building.

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Josh Gordon Felt Like Browns Kept Distance During Suspension
Josh Gordon was originally suspended for the entire season, but it was reduced after the union agreed upon new drug testing policies with the NFL.

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Bills To Host Browns In Buffalo For Week 13
The Bills will host the Browns in Week 13 this Sunday despite damage to the stadium.

Conor Orr/ESPN

Johnny Manziel's Entourage Involved In Fight
Cleveland police were called to the apartment's lobby at 2:36 a.m. for a report of a "riot" involving 20 men and two security guards.

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Josh Gordon To Play 20-30 Snaps For Browns In Week 12
Josh Gordon is expected to get 20 to 30 snaps for the Browns as he returns from a 10-game suspension.

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