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Ben McAdoo Interviews For Cleveland's Offensive Coordinator Job

Jan 16, 2018 12:43 PM

The Cleveland Browns are interviewing Ben McAdoo for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

McAdoo was fired as head coach of the New York Giants on Dec. 4th.

McAdoo spent seven years in Green Bay with John Dorsey from 2006-12. 

Mike Mularkey is also on Cleveland's radar for the job.

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A.J. McCarron 'Wanted That Opportunity' To Be Traded To Browns

Jan 16, 2018 9:05 AM

A.J. McCarron was nearly traded to the Cleveland Browns at the trade deadline, but the deal fell through when the paperwork wasn't sent to the league office in time.

McCarron was excited at the possibility, figuring he could try and win games as a starter in Cleveland instead of standing on the sideline with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"As a competitor, I wanted that opportunity, just to be able to showcase and help a team win ball games," McCarron said on WNSP. "I think I would have had some success playing for Hue [Jackson]. I would have loved the opportunity to go up there and get them a win, more than one win. As a competitor, that's all you can ask for."

The Browns reportedly didn't submit the trade through the official league channels in time.

"It was an odd deal," McCarron said. "I got a text from my agent at 3:34 saying 'hey, there's a possible trade going down. Stay by your phone. I'll let you know.' I got another call from him right at 4 saying 'from what I know, it's a done deal. I'll call you back in a minute and let you know.' The next call I got was at 4:03 and he's 'hey, the trade didn't go through. They didn't get the paperwork in on time.' Everybody has a story. I'm sure Cleveland has their own story, Cincy has their own story. But it's just one of those things, when you think you've seen everything, you're shown a little bit more. I think the only people who truly know what happened were the ones leading the whole situation on both sides."

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Browns Hire Eliot Wolf As Assistant GM

Jan 10, 2018 11:08 AM

The Cleveland Browns have hired Eliot Wolf as assistant general manager.

Wolf previously worked with Browns' general manager John Dorsey with the Pacers.

Wolf received interest from the Raiders this offseason while the Packers attempted to keep him.

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Browns Were Willing To Trade No. 4 Overall Pick For Jimmy Garoppolo

Jan 8, 2018 3:47 PM

The Cleveland Browns were willing to trade the Houston Texans' first round pick in 2018 as a starting point for Jimmy Garoppolo. The Texans' pick has landed at No. 4.

The New England Patriots traded Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a second round pick while also adding Brian Hoyer as Tom Brady's backup.

Cleveland attempted to engage the Patriots multiple times leading up to the deadline.

The Browns' front office was baffled by how the Patriots were unwilling to negotiate with them on Garoppolo after they had made two trades together in 2016.

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Alonzo Highsmith Leaves Packers Front Office To Join Browns

Jan 3, 2018 9:28 AM

Alonzo Highsmith has decided to leave the Green Bay Packers to become the vice president of football operations for the Cleveland Browns.

Highsmith has been with the Packers for nearly two decades. He said he didn't think he would be considered as a replacement for Packers general manager Ted Thompson, who will not return in that role next season.

"We discussed so many ideas and all kinds of stuff," Highsmith. "I was exposed to so much stuff today. That's why I thought it was as great opportunity. It feels good to go somewhere that you feel like you're trusted."

Highsmith reunites with new Browns GM John Dorsey, the former Packers director of college scouting.

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2018 2:54 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Vikings, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Eagles.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.


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Duke Johnson: DeShone Kizer's Confidence Is Shot

Dec 21, 2017 8:47 AM

DeShone Kizer leads the NFL in interceptions and has been benched, which Duke Johnson admits is wearing on the rookie quarterback.

"He's a young kid and he's still learning and he has all the ability," Johnson said. "I mean, his confidence is probably shot, but that's where his teammates and his family, his friends come in. They keep him up."

When asked, Kizer said Johnson is a little off base.

"No, not at all," he said. "My confidence will always remain high."

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Jon Dorsey: Previous Browns' Front Office Didn't Get Real Players

Dec 14, 2017 12:09 PM

John Dorsey was sharply critical of the previous front office of the Cleveland Browns.

"You know what? You've got to get a guy like that (Hue Jackson) players,'' Dorsey told the "Really Big Show'' with Aaron Goldhammer on WKNR 850, the home of the Browns today. "And you know what? I'll come straight out with it. The guys who were here before, that system, they didn't get real players."

Dorsey replaced Sashi Brown as Cleveland's general manager last week.

"As Bill Parcells would always say, 'you are your record' and you know what? There it is, so that's the truth-teller in this thing,'' said Dorsey. "And I'm going to do my darnedest to get Hue (Jackson) players.

"And that's all I can ask for, and that's all I'm going to do. I like the man.''

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense after Week 14. In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Steelers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.

The Seahawks, who have consistently been one of the NFL's top teams in DVOA during the Russell Wilson era, are just outside the top-10 in both categories.

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Browns' Top Priority Is Finding Quarterback

Dec 9, 2017 10:29 AM

Jimmy Haslam has made John Dorsey's top priority as general manager of the Cleveland Browns to find their quarterback.

"Let me say it this way: The Cleveland Browns are not going to be successful until we get a quarterback," Haslam said. "And we obviously have DeShone (Kizer) and two other quarterbacks on the roster. We're going to look at free agency and the draft. As it was mentioned earlier, we have a substantial amount of capital. We're going to do whatever it takes to find the quarterback we need to be successful.

"That will be John's No. 1 priority. We're going to do whatever it takes to get a QB."

The Browns have passed on opportunities to draft Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in successive drafts.

"Let's sit down as a group [at the end of the season]," Dorsey said of Cleveland's QB quagmire. "This is a quarterback-driven league. We all know that and we all know, to succeed and to go a little bit farther and farther and farther, you need one of those guys. So I think it's an evaluation period that's going to take a little bit to put a plan together.

"The draft is four and a half months away. Free agency is three months away. We have ample time to make a plan here."

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Browns Release Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt has 18 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns this season.

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Browns Hire John Dorsey As General Manager
John Dorsey has worked in NFL player personnel for 26 years.

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Hue Jackson Will Remain Head Coach Of Browns In 2018
Hue Jackson was hired by the Browns before the 2016 season.

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Browns Fire Sashi Brown As GM
Sashi Brown has been fired as general manager of the Browns.

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Josh Gordon Has 'More Work To Do' After Four Catch Debut
Josh Gordon played his first game for the Browns on Sunday since Dec. 21, 2014.

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Josh Gordon Activated From Commissioner's Exempt List
Josh Gordon last played in the NFL during the 2014 season.

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Sam Darnold Rejects Notion Of Avoiding Browns In Draft
Sam Darnold has been widely rumored to stay in school despite his high draft standing.

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Hue Jackson: Browns Sticking With DeShone Kizer
Hue Jackson benched DeShone Kizer more than once earlier this season, but the coach says he's sticking with the quarterback despite four turnovers on Sunday.

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Josh Gordon Wants To Become Best WR Of All-Time
Josh Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards in 2013 with 1,646.

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Josh Gordon Admits Using Drugs, Alcohol 'Before Every Game'
Josh Gordon has admitted in an interview with GQ that he used drugs or alcohol before every NFL game he played.

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Sashi Brown Denies Trying To Sabotage Trade For AJ McCarron
Sashi Brown said Hue Jackson was in the room as the team tried to complete the deal minutes before the deadline.

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AJ McCarron Files Grievance, Seeking Unrestricted Free Agency In 2018
The ruling could determine whether the Browns can sign AJ McCarron this offseason without giving compensation to the Bengals.

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Josh Gordon Conditionally Reinstated By NFL
Josh Gordon can return to the Browns' 53-man roster on November 27th.

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Myles Garrett Self-Reported Concussion
Myles Garrett said he's had two previous concussions, one in high school and one while at Texas A&M.

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Browns' Trade For A.J. McCarron Rejected By NFL Due To Late Submission
The proposed compensation for A.J. McCarron would have been a second- and third-round pick in 2018.

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Browns Won't Guarantee Role For Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt started for the Browns on Sunday, but Hue Jackson isn't going to commit to the veteran receiver going forward.

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DeShone Kizer Benched, Questioned About Late-Night Video
DeShone Kizer's return as the starter for the Browns only lasted into the third quarter on Sunday as he was benched once again.

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Joe Thomas Likely Out For Season With Torn Triceps
Joe Thomas' consecutive snap streak ended at 10,363.

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Josh Gordon Details History Of Alcohol, Drug Abuse
Josh Gordon was filmed on leave from a rehab facility in Florida where he is attempting to achieve sobriety and return to the NFL.

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Browns, 49ers Have 90+ Percent Chance Of Top-5 Pick
After Week 5 of the 2017 NFL regular season, both the contending teams and those that will be at the top of the draft are becoming more clear.

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