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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.

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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

Apr 23, 2015 12:12 PM

The Cleveland Browns denied a report that they attempted to trade Johnny Manziel to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.

"No, that's not true," said Ray Farmer.

The Browns are open, however, to drafting a quarterback again in the first round.

Cleveland reportedly had interest as well in Sam Bradford.

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Pettine: Ridiculous To Think Browns Have Moved On From Manziel

Apr 21, 2015 8:45 PM

Mike Pettine said on Tuesday that reports of the Cleveland Browns having "90 percent moved on" from Johnny Manziel are "ridiculous."

Chris Mortensen recently released that report on Manziel.

"I filed that one in the ridiculous category when it was brought to my attention," said Pettine.

"I use that number 90 percent, too, about the accuracy of reports that are out there, being 90 percent inaccurate," Pettine said. "I don't know where (Mortensen) would have gotten that from. (Manziel is) very much in our plans, and as we said, his career with us just hit the pause button. We've said this before, he's got to get himself right as a person first before we worry about Johnny the football player."

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Johnny Manziel Apologizes To Browns, Fans

Apr 17, 2015 11:47 AM

Johnny Manziel issued a statement Friday in which he apologized to the Cleveland Browns' organization and fans for letting them down.

Manziel spent 10 weeks at a rehab facility. 

"I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron," Manziel said. "The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process. I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it.

"I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be."

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Browns Unveil New Uniforms, Hope To Become Oregon Of The NFL

Apr 14, 2015 10:27 PM

The Cleveland Browns unveiled their new uniforms on Tuesday, which include nine combinations.

The unveiling is a culmination of a two-year project with Nike designed to honor the city of Cleveland.

The jerseys say "CLEVELAND" in bold, block lettering across the front, a first for the 69-year-old franchise. The Browns will be the only team in the league to display these three features: the city's name across the front, cross-stitching in the jersey and the team's nickname on the pant leg.

"We could be like Oregon of the NFL," team president Alec Scheiner said of the flexibility to wear different versions of orange, brown and white.

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Sam Bradford Has No Interest In Extension If Traded To Browns

Apr 13, 2015 12:54 PM

Sam Bradford has no interest in signing an extension with the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have been linked to Bradford while the Philadelphia Eagles could remain interested in trading up for Marcus Mariota.

"Bradford's agent (Tom Condon) has told Cleveland he won't even listen on a contract extension,'' a source said. "He won't even listen, period. And I don't think Cleveland will make a deal without the extension.''

Bradford is in the final year of his rookie contract and will earn $12.9 million this season.

The Eagles could get Bradford signed to a long-term deal.

"I'm not sure a deal gets done,'' the source said. "But (Condon) will at least listen to the Eagles.''

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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.

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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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Browns Wanted Foles For Gordon In 2013 Trade Talks
The Browns sought Nick Foles, who went into that season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Michael Vick.

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Browns Like Marcus Mariota
The Browns could select a quarterback in the first round for the second straight draft.

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NFL's Text Probe Could Impact Free Agency Of Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer is planning on considering all options.

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Josh Gordon Suspended At Least One Season By NFL
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.

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


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