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Browns Refute Report Of Listening To Trade Offers For Odell Beckham

Oct 13, 2019 11:59 AM

The Cleveland Browns have refuted a report that they were listening to trade offers for Odell Beckham Jr.

The Browns acquired Beckham in the offseason from the New York Giants.

"That's fake news," said John Dorsey, using a well-worn pejorative. 

Dorsey told ESPN he has not taken any trade calls on Beckham.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Video Shows Baker Mayfield Shaking Hands With Richard Sherman

Oct 9, 2019 9:52 AM

Richard Sherman claimed after Monday Night Football that Baker Mayfield refused to shake his hand at midfield during the pregame coin toss.

However, video evidence suggests otherwise.

One video shows Mayfield clearly embracing multiple San Francisco 49ers captains, including George Kittle. It also shows the Cleveland Browns quarterback shaking DeForest Buckner's hand.

There is also a grainy video that appears to show Mayfield and Sherman shaking hands.

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

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Richard Sherman Calls Out Baker Mayfield For Handshake Snub

Oct 8, 2019 8:47 AM

Richard Sherman says Baker Mayfield refused to shake hands during the coin toss before Monday night's Cleveland Browns-San Francisco 49ers game.

"What's amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning," Sherman said. "That's some college s---. It's ridiculous. We're all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent -- that's NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that's disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that's gonna get us fired up."

The 49ers routed the Browns 31-3. Sherman got some payback when he intercepted Mayfield on Cleveland's second offensive possession.

"Respect the game," Sherman said. "You can have rivals, but pay your respect in that moment -- especially when you're young.

"He hasn't earned anything in this league. How many games has he won? He's acting like he was the MVP last year. If (Patrick) Mahomes did that, it would be one thing. But he would never do that, because he has too much respect for the game.

"And when you see a guy who doesn't? You humble him every chance you get. Because eventually, he will have respect for the league -- or he'll be out of it."

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns

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OBJ: Gregg Williams Teaches 'Cheap Shots'

Sep 13, 2019 8:38 AM

Odell Beckham, Jr. is adding a subplot to Monday night's Cleveland Browns-New York Jets game.

Beckham accused Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of teaching "cheap shots" and "dirty hits." The receiver said those cheap shots led to an ankle injury that almost derailed his career two years ago.

"If I was a coach, I would never teach what he teaches," he said. "But that's just him and what he does."

In a 2017 preseason game, when Beckham was with the New York Giants and Williams was Cleveland's defensive coordinator, Beckham sprained his ankle after being undercut by cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who drove his shoulder and helmet into the star receiver's left leg.

Beckham tried to come back from that injury too soon and ultimately broke his ankle.

The star receiver said that according to his Cleveland teammates, Williams, who eventually became Cleveland's interim head coach last year before taking a job with the Jets, actually told the Browns players to try to hurt Beckham during that 2017 preseason game.

"I had people who were here when he was here telling [them], 'If you get a chance, take a shot at him. If you can, hurt him. I guarantee he's going to leave the game hurt,' and stuff like that," Beckham said. "We're all men out here. There's no need for doing any of that kind of stuff. Make the plays the best you can clean."

Jake Trotter/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Girlfriend Of Browns DE Chris Smith Killed In Auto Accident

Sep 11, 2019 3:41 PM

The girlfriend of Chris Smith was killed on Wednesday morning on a highway in Cleveland.

Smith had pulled over after his vehicle, a 2019 Lamborghini in which Petara Cordero, 26, was a passenger, had a tire malfunction and hit the median.

Cordero exited the vehicle and was standing on the road's shoulder when a car driven by a 47-year-old woman smashed into the passenger side of Smith's car.

Cordero was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Smith and Cordero had a daughter together last month.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Plans To Keep Wearing $190k Watch In Games

Sep 10, 2019 1:42 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. plans to continue wearing his Richard Mille watch during games despite objections from the NFL.

“I’m here to play football,’’ Beckham said Tuesday. “I would love for them to talk about football and what I do on the field, if I messed up on the field or if I didn’t do well on the field, talk about my performance. Don’t talk about any extracurricular, that’s just it. If anybody else would’ve worn the watch, or if it was a $20 watch, it wouldn’t have been no problem.’’

The watch retails for approximately $190,000.

Beckham tweeted on Monday night, “If it ain’t one thing…it’s another.’’

He said the tweet was in response to the watch flap.

“Yeah, that’s just my life,’’ he said. “If I ain’t this, it’s something else. If it wasn’t the watch, it would’ve been the way that I tie my shoes.’’

Beckham was asked if he'll still wear it during the game.

“The same way I wear it every day, at practice, I go here, I go there. I’ve been wearing it. Take a shower with it on. It’s just on me."

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Legal, Suspension

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Odell Beckham Violated Rule By Wearing $350K Watch

Sep 10, 2019 9:20 AM

Odell Beckham violated an NFL rule in the Cleveland Browns' Week 1 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Beckham wore a Richard Mille watch valued at $350,000 during the game.

A league rule prohibits wearing hard objects, according to sources.

The league will address the infraction with Beckham, but no discipline is expected.

Adam Maya/NFL

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

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Antonio Brown Received Interest From Seahawks, Browns

Sep 8, 2019 11:06 AM

Antonio Brown had a "robust" market once he was released by the Oakland Raiders, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

The Patriots were a "fait accompli" soon after his release however.

The Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks were amongst the teams interested in Brown. Brown worked out with Russell Wilson this offseason.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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HBO To Air Documentary On Bill Belichick, Nick Saban

Sep 3, 2019 4:07 PM

HBO will air a documentary called Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching this December on Bill Belichick and Nick Saban.

Belichick and Saban coached together with the Cleveland Browns.

Belichick has gone on to win six Super Bowls while Saban has won six national championships.

The two coaches first met in 1982, when Saban was an assistant coach at Navy, working alongside Belichick’s father. 

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, NCAA

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Kareem Hunt Undergoes Surgery For Sports Hernia

Aug 29, 2019 8:26 PM

Kareem Hunt has undergone surgery for a sports hernia.

Hunt is serving an eight-game suspension for two off-field altercations. 

Hunt is expected to be healthy upon his return to their roster on Nov. 10.

ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Injury

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NFL Says Kareem Hunt Can't Be With Browns During Suspension

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Baker Mayfield: Giants Picking Daniel Jones 'Blows My Mind'

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Bears, Browns Attracting Most Super Bowl Bets

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Odell Beckham, Jr. Dealing With Hip Injury
Freddie Kitchens termed the injury minor and the wide receiver could participate in team drills on Thursday.

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Antonio Callaway Suspended Four Games For Substance Abuse
Antonio Callaway had 43 receptions for 586 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie last season.

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Texans Acquire Duke Johnson Jr. From Browns For Fourth Round Pick
The Browns had a surplus of running backs that made Duke Johnson expendable.

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Duke Johnson Will Report To Camp With Browns
Duke Johnson still wants to be traded, but will report to the start of training camp with the Browns.

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Baker Mayfield: Odell Beckham Will See Real Fans In Cleveland
Baker Mayfield is excited for Odell Beckham to see what it will be like to play in front of real fans in Cleveland this season.

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Baker Mayfield Wanted 'Revenge' Against Hue Jackson
Baker Mayfield says that beating the Bengals was a highlight of his rookie season.

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Duke Johnson Hires Drew Rosenhaus
Duke Johnson is still seeking a trade from the Browns.

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Duke Johnson Splits From Agent Amid Trade Request
Duke Johnson has parted ways with his agent and is currently without representation.

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David Njoku Wants '20 Touchdowns This Year'
The Browns have a number of offensive weapons, including Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry.

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Kareem Hunt Questioned By Police After Incident At Bar
TMZ Sports has released a video showing Kareem Hunt being questioned by police after an apparent incident Saturday night at a Cleveland bar.

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OBJ: I Was Stuck At Place With Giants That Wasn't Working For Me
Odell Beckham Jr. said he believes leaving the Giants was necessary for his career.

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NFL Draft Headed To Cleveland, Kansas City
The NFL has awarded the 2021 draft to Cleveland and the 2023 draft to Kansas City following an owner's meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida.

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Browns GM, Coach Attend Kareem Hunt's Baptism
John Dorsey and Freddie Kitchens of the Browns attended Kareem Hunt's baptism ceremony Sunday in support of the running back, who is trying to turn his life around.

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Kareem Hunt: I Won't 'Mess This Up' With Browns
Kareem Hunt says he made a mistake and plans to make the most out of his chance with the Browns.

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Odell Beckham Will Take Part In OTAs With Browns
While with the Giants last year, Odell Beckham, Jr. took part in seven voluntary workouts.

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Odell Beckham Wants To Turn Browns Into New Patriots
Odell Beckham, Jr. has big plans for the Browns.

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Myles Garrett Excited By 'More Freedom' Under New DC
Myles Garrett is coming off a 13.5-sack season, but he's excited to make more of a difference under new Browns defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

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