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DeAngelo Williams Not Interested In Cowboys, Browns, Panthers, Jaguars

Jul 12, 2017 6:02 PM

DeAngelo Williams revealed he'd prefer not to play for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers or Jacksonville Jaguars.

Williams has been one of the NFL's most productive backup running backs over the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While his reasons for not wanting to play for the Browns and Jaguars were business-related, they were purely personal regarding the Panthers and Cowboys.

Williams grew up as a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.

"My fandom for the team I was raised as will not allow me to go to the Cowboys," Williams told Schefter. "I'm an '80s baby ... and the 49ers ruled the '80s. The Cowboys somewhat did something in the '90s; I even refuse to give them that. ...

"The Cowboys, they win. They just don't ever show up during the playoffs. They always disappear in the playoffs. I've got a great depiction of the Cowboys' fan base. During the regular season last year, they were on cloud nine. You couldn't tell them anything because they were going to win the 'ship -- that's all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying. Then, the minute they lose, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt -- the excuses start flowing. It's just amazing to me. That fan base just in general can't handle defeat. Still, to this day, they say that the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch!"

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Brock Osweiler: 'I Want To Be The Starter Of This Team'

Jun 15, 2017 9:28 AM

Brock Osweiler hopes to be named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns heading into this season.

"I want to be the starter of this team," Osweiler said.

Osweiler was a disappointment in his first season with the Houston Texans after signing a huge contract as a free agent.

It was initially believed that he would simply be released following a trade that sent him -- and Houston's second-round pick in 2018 -- to the Browns in what amounted to a complex and unusual salary dump.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

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Myles Garrett Injures Foot In Practice

Jun 14, 2017 7:09 PM

Myles Garrett injured his foot during the Cleveland Browns' minicamp practice on Wednesday.

"That's part of the game," Hue Jackson said. "Obviously I don't want to get any of our players nicked, hurt, any of that. But hopefully things will be fine. We don't want to lose any player, especially not one of our really good players.

"But hopefully things will be OK, and I think they will be. I don't know that for sure but we'll find out as I go inside."

Garrett immediately went to the ground, kneeling with his head on the ground. Trainers checked him and he limped to the sidelines, where he again had his left foot checked without his shoe.

Garrett had missed some practice time in offseason work for an undisclosed issue that was not believed to be serious. 

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Injury

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Jets Acquire Demario Davis From Browns For Calvin Pryor

Jun 1, 2017 12:09 PM

The Cleveland Browns have acquired Calvin Pryor from the New York Jets for Demario Davis.

Davis was a starter for the Jets from 2013 until 2015.

The Jets had been trying to trade Pryor since the draft, when they selected Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye -- both safeties -- in the first two rounds.

The return of Davis gives the Jets three starting-caliber insider linebackers.

The Jets were planning to release Pryor, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported. Pryor was the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Browns Find Brock Osweiler To Be 'Pleasant Surprise'

Jun 1, 2017 8:12 AM

Hue Jackson is happy with what he's seen from Brock Osweiler during the second week of the Cleveland Browns' organized team activities.

"He's done a good job," Jackson said of Osweiler, who was acquired from the Houston Texans in March. "He works hard at it every day. He's into it. I think he really enjoys being here."

Osweiler is working with Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan as the Browns determine a starter.

Jackson admitted he heard all the criticisms of Osweiler, but called him a "pleasant surprise."

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Christian Kirksey Signs Four-Year, $38M Extension With Browns

May 30, 2017 7:27 PM

Christian Kirksey has agreed upon a four-year, $38 million extension with the Cleveland Browns.

The deal contains $20 million in guaranteed money.

Kirksey led the Browns in tackles last season.

Kirksey joins fellow linebacker Jamie Collins and guard Joel Bitonio as young players the team retained.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Brock Osweiler On Starting: 'Proof Is In The Film'

May 25, 2017 8:05 AM

Brock Osweiler is convinced that he's a starting quarterback in the NFL.

"Absolutely," Osweiler said in his first interview since being traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns.

To those who doubt, Osweiler added: "I think the proof is in the film for the past two years."

The Texans traded Osweiler one year after he signed a four-year, $72 million contract.

"There was a coach that I played for in college, and he told me, only worry about the things that you can control," Osweiler said. "So from the time of the trade, that's all I've done. I couldn't be any more excited to be here. From the day I arrived, you couldn't have been welcomed in a better way."

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Browns Add Ryan Grigson To Front Office

May 24, 2017 7:01 PM

The Cleveland Browns have hired Ryan Grigson as Senior Personnel Executive. Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown made the announcement.

Grigson will report to Vice President of Player Personnel Andrew Berry.

“Ryan brings valuable experience to our personnel group,” said Brown. “He was raised as a road-scout and has been evaluating talent in this league for almost 20 years. We place a premium on that experience and on his passion for football. Ryan has much to offer to any personnel department and we are pleased that he chose to join our staff.”

“We are excited to add Ryan to our personnel department,” said Berry. “Having worked with him for four years with the Colts, I know Ryan is an individual with a palpable passion for scouting, a tireless work ethic and an insatiable competitive drive. His experiences as an NFL player and executive will prove valuable to the mission of our group, while his team-orientation and personal integrity will continue to strengthen our department’s culture.”

Grigson enters his 19th season in an NFL front office after previously serving as General Manager for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-16.

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Browns Sign Myles Garrett To $30.4M Contract

May 22, 2017 8:27 AM

The Cleveland Browns have signed first overall pick Myles Garrett to his four-year, fully guaranteed rookie contract.

The deal is reportedly worth $30.4 million with a $20.25 million signing bonus and includes offset language. As with all first round picks, the contract includes a team option for a fifth year.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jason McCourty Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Browns

May 17, 2017 7:18 AM

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a two-year deal with Jason McCourty, who will provide much-needed depth at cornerback.

The deal is worth up to $6 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

McCourty played for the Tennessee Titans the past eight seasons, but became a free agent after he was released on April 18.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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NFL Denies Josh Gordon's Bid For Reinstatement
The NFL has denied Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement, according to a league source.

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Browns May Not Keep Sixth-Round Pick Caleb Brantley
The Browns selected Caleb Brantley with the 185th pick in the draft this weekend, but they may not keep the former Florida defensive tackle.

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Browns Take DeShone Kizer 52nd After Passing On QB Three Times In 1st
The Browns have started 26 different quarterbacks since 1999.

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Patriots Decline To Talk Jimmy Garoppolo Trade With Browns At Draft
The Browns called the Patriots during the first round of the draft about trading for Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Browns, Washington Deny Kirk Cousins Trade Talks
Both the Browns and Washington have denied a report that they discussed a possible Kirk Cousins trade.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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Browns Attempting To Trade For Kirk Cousins
The Browns are attempting to acquire Kirk Cousins from Washington.

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Browns Will Select Myles Garrett First Overall
The Browns' top brass met on Thursday to solidify their plans even if it was a long time in the coming.

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Joe Thomas Suffering From Memory Loss
Joe Thomas is entering his 11th season with the Browns.

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Myles Garrett Remains Expected Pick For Browns At No. 1
Sashi Brown told NFL Network's Mike Silver on Wednesday that he's known the pick for two weeks.

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Browns Have Discussed Trading Up With Three Teams In Top 8
The Browns, who own the No. 2 and No. 12 picks, have had discussions with at least three teams in the top eight about moving up.

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Browns Contemplating Selecting Mitch Trubisky At No. 1
The Browns also own the 12th overall pick but are unlikely to be able to pick Mitch Trubisky there.

Mark Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Browns Have No Plans To Trade For Veteran Quarterback
The Browns have no plans to trade for a veteran quarterback, according to Sashi Brown.

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Hue Jackson Prefers Myles Garrett For Browns At No. 1
The Browns could be creating a smokescreen in order to trade down from No. 1 if they receive an attractive enough package.

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Browns Could Be Considering Trading Down
The Browns have been linked to Myles Garrett, Mitchell Trubisky and most recently, Leonard Fournette with the top pick.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Browns Considering Leonard Fournette At No. 1
The Browns have considered taking Leonard Fournette with the first overall pick, according to sources.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Myles Garrett Hopes To Be Selected No. 1 By Browns
Myles Garrett has become the consensus choice for most draft analysts as the draft's best player.

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Tony Grossi Accuses Bill Barnwell Of Consulting For Browns
Tony Grossi works for ESPN 850 WKNR and was a longtime Browns' beat writer.

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49ers To Meet With Myles Garrett In Case Browns Don't Take Him No. 1
John Lynch was on hand for Myles Garrett's pro day workout in College Station.

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Browns Won't Trade First Overall Pick
The Browns are widely expected to draft Myles Garrett even though they're publicly non-committal.

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