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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

Apr 11, 2015 2:09 PM

Johnny Manziel has been released from a rehab facility.

The Browns expect Manziel to attend offseason workouts starting April 20, though they could see him earlier than that.

Manziel checked into the facility on Jan. 28 in an effort to "be a better family member, friend and teammate," family attorney Brad Beckworth said in a statement issued to ESPN on Feb. 3. 

The Browns will work Manziel back into the quarterback room as part of a fresh start with a new offensive staff headed by coordinator John DeFilippo and quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell, who trained Manziel before the 2014 draft.

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Browns Have Almost Entirely Moved On From Johnny Manziel

Apr 2, 2015 1:56 PM

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

"I think about 90 percent [the Browns] have moved on [from Manziel] in their own minds except that they really don't know who they're going to get when Johnny leaves rehab, which has been an extended stay -- a two-month stay," ESPN's Chris Mortensen said Tuesday during an appearance on Mike & Mike, via "He should be getting out in the first week of April if they're satisfied that he's ready to go out and get into society and whatever deep-rooted problems that he had has been addressed. Okay, now he's part of your depth chart. You have Josh McCown."

McCown could be the Browns' transitional quarterback, but they could also target Sam Bradford.

"I think the Browns are fully prepared to start McCown this year, but they will continue to look for chances to upgrade the position," Mary Kay Cabot wrote over the weekend. "I think they'll try to trade up to draft Marcus Mariota, and I also think they could make another run at Sam Bradford on draft day."

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Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games For In-Game Texts

Mar 30, 2015 12:11 PM

Ray Farmer has been suspended four games without pay for his role in texting the sidelines during games.

Farmer was in his first season as general manager of the Cleveland Browns in 2014.

The Browns also received a $250,000 fine.

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Johnny Manziel Expected For April Workouts

Mar 24, 2015 11:21 AM

The Cleveland Browns expect Johnny Manziel to participate in offseason workouts beginning April 20 after he completes two months of rehab.

Manziel checked into a facility on Jan. 28 in an effort to "be a better family member, friend and teammate," family attorney Brad Beckworth said in a statement Feb. 3.

The Browns do not expect rehab to keep Manziel from competing for the starting quarterback job in 2015. Manziel will compete with Josh McCown, Connor Shaw and the recently acquired Thad Lewis at quarterback.

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Jimmy Haslam Could Swap Browns' Ownership For Titans

Mar 23, 2015 5:24 PM

The Tennessee Titans are getting closer to being sold and the possibility of Jimmy Haslam trading his ownership of the Cleveland Browns is possible.

Haslam badly wanted to own the Titans in his home state of Tennessee, but he chose several years ago to instead purchase the Browns when they became available.

Dave Tepper is considered the frontrunner to buy the Titans. Tepper is a Pittsburgh guy who owns five percent of the Steelers.

"Don't ignore the possibility of a swap with the Browns when that time comes," said one source who deals directly with many ownership groups. 

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Dwayne Bowe Signs Two-Year Deal With Browns

Mar 19, 2015 8:44 PM

Dwayne Bowe has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Browns on a two-year deal.

Bowe was released this offseason by the Kansas City Chiefs after eight seasons with the club.

Bowe visited Cleveland last week and had a productive meeting with the staff. He 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

Mar 17, 2015 7:45 PM

The Cleveland Browns reportedly offered a first round pick for Sam Bradford.

It is unclear if the Browns made the offer when Bradford was property of the St. Louis Rams or Philadelphia Eagles or both.

Both Jeff Fisher and Chip Kelly claimed to have received first round offers for 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.


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

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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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