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  Browns | Zach D'Orazio works out    Sun Apr 19, 03:18 AM

Akron WR Zach D'Orazio worked out for the Cleveland Browns Saturday, April 18.

Footballguys view: D'Orazio is a priority free agent with a unique skill set. He's a 6'2" slot receiver who can thrive on passes over the middle. D'Orazio is not a burner, and he will lack separation in his routes. He mostly gets by using his size to win at the point of the catch.

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  Browns | Trevor Siemian to work out in CLE    Fri Apr 17, 09:13 AM

Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian will work out with the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, April 21.

Footballguys view: Why? Yes, the Browns need a quarterback but Siemian is not the answer. He's a camp arm at best in the NFL. Surprisingly, the Broncos have shown interest in him as well. This is the definition of SMH.

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  Browns | Cleveland meets with Amari Cooper    Thu Apr 16, 12:55 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper has met with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. The Browns likely would have to trade up in first round of the 2015 NFL Draft if they want to select him.

Footballguys view: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on the Browns. Cleveland ignored the wide receiver position after learning Josh Gordon would be suspended last draft, but not now. Of course, if they want Cooper, they'll have to move up from 12. It won't be cheap but given how poor their wide receiver group is, it could be worth it.

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  Browns | Melvin Gordon will visit Browns    Tue Apr 14, 03:05 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns Friday, April 17, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Browns interest in running backs this year in the draft is a bit perplexing. We like Isaiah Crowell as the starter, and even Terrence West could be a decent starter if called upon. They might be showing interest to see if some team behind them in the draft will want to trade up.

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  Browns | Todd Gurley to visit Cleveland    Tue Apr 14, 02:59 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley will visit the Cleveland Browns this week.

Footballguys view: The Browns have a strong group of running backs in (former Georgia back) Isaiah Crowell and Terrence West. Both are second-year players with starters upside and ability. Gurley is an amazing talent, but we think the Browns are already set at running back with Crowell and West.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel out of rehab    Sat Apr 11, 12:21 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been released from his rehab facility.

Footballguys view: It looks like Manziel has gotten his life back on track. We're glad that he's gone through this (likely humbling) process. Now, it's up to him to see if he can further develop as a pro quarterback. The Browns may have already moved on from Manziel, and they may select a quarterback in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Browns | Rob Housler hopes for big role    Fri Apr 10, 05:24 PM

Cleveland Browns TE Rob Housler said hopes to receive a big role in the passing game next season, because he believes he can contribute on offense.

Footballguys view: Housler wasn't able to get a foothold in Arizona, but the Cardinals notoriously make little use of tight ends in their passing game. While some of the physical traits of a good NFL passcatcher are there, Housler hasn't really flashed in a way to instill confidence in a possible breakout this year in Cleveland.

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  Browns | Rob Housler joining Browns    Thu Apr 9, 12:29 PM

Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Housler caught a combined 84 passes for 871 yards during 2012 and 2013, but was barely used in 2014 by the Arizona Cardinals. If the Browns are looking for a playmaker to replace Jordan Cameron, they might have to keep looking. He has some ability, but little consistency.

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  Browns | Cleveland interested in Marcus Mariota    Thu Apr 9, 10:25 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is drawing legit interest from the Cleveland Browns, who are interested in trading their two first-round picks in order to move up and draft him, according to multiple league sources. The Browns have picks No. 12 and No. 19 in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: If you are someone who has followed the Cleveland Browns drafts the last few years, this might make you weep for Marcus Mariota, as this is not a team that has been doing all that well with their first round picks since they drafted Alex Mack in 2009. You also see a team which might not be patient with Mariota, a guy who is not quite ready to start day one. He's got a lot to learn, though he also has tremendous upside and his mobility could be a huge boon even for a team with a returning offensive line which should be pretty good.

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  Browns | Meet with Sammie Coates    Wed Apr 8, 12:09 PM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates recently met with the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Coates is amazingly gifted athletically, but he does have a problem with dropping passes and concentration on longer targets. His drop rate in college at Auburn was a whopping 19.1 percent. He'll be a project in the NFL, but one teams may feel is worth selecting in the second round of the draft. The Browns need all the help they can get at wide receiver, but Coates is unlikely to make an immediate impact in the pros.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel has to earn trust    Mon Apr 6, 12:55 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will need to earn back the trust of his teammates and prove that he's dedicating to winning after a voluntary rehab treatment, according to Browns OT Joe Thomas. 'I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being the man, being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life,' Thomas said.

Footballguys view: There have been reports about the team already moving on from Manziel. Reporting that he'll have to earn back the team's trust is like saying that water is wet. There's no question that Manziel has a lot to do in order to get a chance as a starter for the Browns. If he can regain the team's trust, then we'll see if his unorthodox skill set can either 1) change or 2) work in the pros.

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  Browns | Bringing in many prospects    Sun Apr 5, 02:14 AM

The Cleveland Browns are bringing in approximately 30 draft prospects in the coming weeks, including Louisville WR DeVante Parker and Miami (Fla.) OT Ereck Flowers.

Footballguys view: The Browns have two first-round picks in the 2015 NFL draft. We could see them adding Parker with the 19th-overall pick. Parker has strong hands, and he's only dropped three passes during his college career. He can run crisp routes and he plays with insane body control.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel leaving rehab next week?    Sat Apr 4, 09:25 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel played golf with his father Saturday, April 4, and is likely to be discharged from his rehab facility soon, possibly even next week.

Footballguys view: Reports are coming out now that the Browns have moved on from Manziel. We're not going to rush to judgement so quickly. First, the kid needs to get his life back on track. Once he does that, we'll see if he can start playing better as a pro. At this time, Manziel is a longshot to be a good starter in the pros. It's on him to see if he can develop his game and adapt to what he needs to do in the NFL.

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  Browns | Adrian Peterson an option for Browns?    Sat Apr 4, 02:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a target for the Cleveland Browns, in the opinion of ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler. The Browns have $30.96 million in salary cap space, so they could afford to make a trade for Peterson.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys or the Cardinals seem like more likely destinations for Peterson. However, the Browns have two first-round picks this year thanks to the Bills trading away their pick to get WR Sammy Watkins last year. Trading for Peterson would take a hefty price tag as the Vikings seem intent on keeping him around in 2015.

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  Browns | Cleveland moving on from Johnny Manziel?    Fri Apr 3, 12:02 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel may be out of time with the Browns, as ESPN insider Chris Mortensen indicated the team is ready to move on. 'I think about 90% that they 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,' Mortensen said on ESPN's 'Mike and Mike in the Morning' Friday, April 3.

Footballguys view: Manziel crashed and burned in the NFL. We're hoping that he gets his life back on track after leaving rehab. After that, then we'll see if he can ever be a decent pro quarterback. The Browns may be interested in a quarterback in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Browns | Danny Shelton to visit Cleveland    Wed Apr 1, 09:18 AM

University of Washington DT Danny Shelton will visit the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, April 1.

Footballguys view: Shelton is a huge, disruptive defensive tackle who can control his man at the point of the play. He is incredibly strong and can create interior push against the quarterback. Shelton doesn't have multiple pass-rushing moves, but he does a good job of creating pressure with a non-stop motor.

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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe promises more production    Tue Mar 31, 04:52 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe, who had zero touchdowns in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs, vows to be more productive with his new team in 2015. He said he has plans of 'going back to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010' when he scored 15 touchdowns in a breakout season. He has scored only 13 touchdowns in four years since. Bowe said the Browns plan to use him more downfield. Bowe hasn't topped 801 receiving yards since 2012 and has dropped 31 passes in the last four years.

Footballguys view: Promises, promises. We'll believe it when we see it. Not only is Bowe a career disappointment, he's also playing on a team with one of the worst QB situations in the league. We don't see a ton of fantasy value here--even with Bowe's vow to do more in 2015.

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  Browns | Marcus Mariota not visiting Cleveland    Sat Mar 28, 10:10 PM

Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is not currently scheduled for a pre-draft visit with the Cleveland Browns, and ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler believes the Browns could be saving one of their 30 in-house visits because quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell already has inside knowledge about Mariota from his time as Mariota's private tutor.

Footballguys view: The Browns could certainly be interested in a first-round quarterback even though they spent a premium pick on Johnny Manziel last year. The Browns have two first-round picks (12,19) and they may have to move up if they want Mariota.

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  Browns | Collin Rahrig will visit    Sat Mar 28, 02:30 AM

Indiana C Collin Rahrig will visit the Cleveland Browns prior to his Pro Day workout.

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  Browns | Alex Mack may be limited this offseason    Thu Mar 26, 01:58 PM

Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack (leg) said he may be limited during offseason workouts because his goal is to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Footballguys view: They'll be careful with Mack until they have to have him on the field. There's no point in rushing him and they cannot afford to lose him again, as the line completely collapsed once he got hurt last year.

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  Browns | May draft kicker in 2015    Wed Mar 25, 02:42 AM

The Cleveland Browns may draft a kicker at the next NFL Draft in April. The kicking team currently includes K's Garrett Hartley, Travis Coons, and Carey Spear.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel due back in April    Tue Mar 24, 08:46 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is expected back with the team for offseason workouts April 20 after completing more than two months of treatment.

Footballguys view: First and foremost, we hope Manziel can get his life back on track. After that, football is next. He has a ton of work to do in order to get on the football field as a starting quarterback. If Manziel is dedicated, then perhaps he could one day develop into a decent player--but we don't think he's going to revolutionize the position.

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  Browns | Cleveland talks with Rob Housler    Mon Mar 23, 03:39 PM

Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has had talks with the Cleveland Browns, but no deal is imminent and no visit has been scheduled, according to a source. Housler is believed to be interested in joining the Browns.

Footballguys view: The Browns lost Jordan Cameron (Dolphins) in free agency, and they need help at the position. Housler is athletic and has decent upside, but he's never played up to his potential as a pro.

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  Browns | Michael Bowie should be ready for camp    Sun Mar 22, 10:50 AM

Cleveland Browns OT Michael Bowie (shoulder) should be ready to participate once training camp begins, according to head coach Mike Pettine. He is expected to compete for the right tackle job if he is healthy.

Footballguys view: Bowie missed all of last season due to this shoulder injury. When healthy, Bowie is a decent run-blocker.

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  Browns | Cleveland to sign Dwayne Bowe    Thu Mar 19, 01:49 PM

Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) is signing with the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Hopefully a change of location helps Bowe finally (consistently) reach the pinnacle of his ability. As it stands, he has mostly been underwhelming and now again finds himself in a situation with a shaky quarterback. Can he help elevate Connor Shaw, Johnny Manziel or Josh McCown? He's never been that guy before and we think his impact in fantasy will be limited again by his situation as well as his inability to raise the level of his game.

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  Browns | Cleveland not banking on Johnny Manziel    Tue Mar 17, 02:23 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel won't be counted on for the 2015 season, especially after the Browns offered a late first-round pick to try to acquire Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford.

Footballguys view: Good, the Browns are finally thinking clearly. Manziel COULD work out as a pro quarterback, but the odds are stacked against him. It's more likely that he'll just be a gadget quarterback during his time (brief?) in the NFL. Cleveland could also select a quarterback in the first couple of rounds in this year's draft.

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  Browns | Cleveland unlikely to land Charles Clay    Mon Mar 16, 05:59 PM

Miami Dolphins transition free-agent TE Charles Clay is unlikely to sign with the Cleveland Browns, according to sources.

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  Browns | Tramon Williams signs     Mon Mar 16, 02:56 PM

Free-agent CB Tramon Williams (Packers) signed a three-year deal worth $21 million Monday, March 16, according to sources.

Footballguys view: This signing shows a lack of confidence (for good reason) in last year's first-round pick CB Justin Gilbert. Williams isn't quite the player he used to be, but he's still a solid corner. He'll start opposite Joe Haden to give the Browns a potent duo at the position.

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  Browns | Cleveland pursued Larry Fitzgerald    Mon Mar 16, 01:38 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald was a trade target for the Cleveland Browns before he restructured his contract and stayed with the Cardinals, according to a source.

Footballguys view: No surprise really. Cleveland is desperate for help at the wide receiver position, and Fitzgerald would have really helped. The Browns were one of several teams to inquire about Fitzgerald's availability.

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  Browns | Cleveland offered a first for Sam Bradford    Mon Mar 16, 09:59 AM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford had an offer made for him by the Cleveland Browns, and a first-round pick was believed to be offered, according to NFL Network's Charley Casserly.

Footballguys view: Chip Kelly was brimming when he told reporters that the Eagles had been offered a first-round pick for Bradford last week. The Browns would make a lot of sense because they don't have a true answer at quarterback. Nobody knows if Johnny Manziel will ever be a quality starter, and Josh McCown is merely a part-time starter.

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  Browns | Tramon Williams visiting    Sun Mar 15, 01:59 PM

Free-agent CB Tramon Williams (Packers) is meeting with the Cleveland Browns Sunday, March 15, according to a source.

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  Browns | Cleveland hopes to add Dwayne Bowe    Sun Mar 15, 12:21 PM

Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) is meeting with the Cleveland Browns, and the Browns hope to sign Bowe during the visit.

Footballguys view: The Browns need all the help they can get at the WR position. They added Brian Hartline in free agency earlier this month, but Bowe would be a true WR1. At least, he's got the potential to be a WR1. Bowe is talented, but motivation has always been a problem for him. We'll see if a fresh start is just what he needs to play up to his talent level.

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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe visiting Cleveland    Sat Mar 14, 08:57 PM

Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) began a visit with the Cleveland Browns Saturday, March 14, and it will continue Sunday, March 15, according to a league source.

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  Browns | Barkevious Mingo expects to be ready for camp    Sat Mar 14, 12:46 PM

Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) said he believes he will be ready for the start of training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery this offseason.

Footballguys view: Getting a pass-rusher like Mingo back will certainly help the Browns defense. Mingo said the shoulder's range of motion is good, but he has not been able to weight lift at this point.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel still in rehab    Fri Mar 13, 10:31 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is still in inpatient rehab, but he is likely at the point where he can leave the facility for brief stints. Earlier reports said that he had left the facility.

Footballguys view: Manziel is on the road to recovery, and we applaud him. It's not about football right now. First, he needs to get his life back on track--then he can get back to his pro career.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel out of rehab?    Fri Mar 13, 09:19 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel left rehab Friday, March 13, after spending just over six weeks in the facility, according to a source.

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  Browns | John Hughes receives extension    Fri Mar 13, 04:15 PM

Cleveland Browns DE John Hughes has agreed to terms with the team on a four-year contract extension worth $14.4 million.

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  Browns | Cleveland pursuing Dwayne Bowe    Thu Mar 12, 07:07 PM

Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) is an option for the Cleveland Browns at wide receiver.

Footballguys view: They desperately need bodies again, with Josh Gordon looking at another suspension. Bowe has been underwhelming though and we don't expect great things from him in this offense if this comes to pass, which it might not.

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  Browns | Stevie Johnson an option for Browns    Thu Mar 12, 07:04 PM

Free-agent WR Stevie Johnson (49ers) is being pursued by the Cleveland Browns.

Footballguys view: Johnson has had flashes in his career but landed with a splat in San Francisco and doesn't look like more than damaged goods right now. We're not sure Josh McCown and the Browns is a recipe for a career reboot, but with the desperation of the Browns at receiver and Johnson getting a lot of targets, he might be a decent PPR option as a No. 4 receiver.

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  Browns | Thaddeus Lewis re-signs    Thu Mar 12, 06:09 PM

Free-agent QB Thaddeus Lewis (Browns) re-signed with the Cleveland Browns on an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: You can assume he is a camp arm and no more, with Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw in town, there really isn't a reason for Lewis. Not that any of those quarterbacks are exactly tremendous in their own rights currently.

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  Browns | Jordan Cameron re-signs with Browns    Thu Mar 12, 05:57 PM

Free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) re-signed with the Cleveland Browns Thursday, March 12, for two years and $15 million, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Scratch that people...false report here. Cameron is actually signed with the Dolphins now. As we like to say, things change pretty quickly around here.

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  Browns | Charles Clay visiting Cleveland    Thu Mar 12, 05:56 PM

Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay is visiting the Cleveland Browns, according to Miami executive Mike Tannenbaum.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the signing of Jordan Cameron changes the possibility of Clay in Cleveland. Clay is a solid tight end, but heading to the Browns and Josh McCown doesn't exactly promise an improvement.

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  Browns | Jordan Cameron still in the mix in CLE    Thu Mar 12, 02:46 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) is still getting interest from the Cleveland Browns to possibly re-sign him.

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  Browns | Re-sign Marlon Moore    Wed Mar 11, 12:53 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Marlon Moore re-signed with the team Wednesday, March 11. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Browns | Brandon Browner an option    Wed Mar 11, 12:03 PM

Free-agent CB Brandon Browner (Patriots) is receiving interest from the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

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  Browns | Perrish Cox scheduled to visit    Tue Mar 10, 09:54 PM

Free-agent CB Perrish Cox (49ers) is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns Thursday, March 12, although he is set to meet with the Washington Redskins before that.

Footballguys view: Cox is going to get a good payday because of the cornerback market and his career-best season in 2014. Last season Cox started 14 games, and was credited with 53 tackles, 17 passes defended, and 5 interceptions.

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  Browns | Cecil Shorts an option in Cleveland    Tue Mar 10, 02:06 PM

Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent WR Cecil Shorts is still drawing interest from the Cleveland Browns.

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  Browns | Miles Austin not expected back with Browns    Tue Mar 10, 11:38 AM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Miles Austin is unlikely to re-sign with the team after the Browns signed WR Brian Hartline Monday, March 9. Hartline is basically a younger version of Austin.

Footballguys view: No shocker here. Austin isn't the same player he used to be, and the Browns are moving in a different direction. He may not get that many offers on the open market.

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  Browns | Express interest in Darrelle Revis     Tue Mar 10, 10:32 AM

Impeding free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Patriots) is getting interest from the Cleveland Browns, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Revis and Joe Haden would be a potent combination in the secondary. The Patriots are working feverishly to clear cap space in order to keep Revis, but several other teams are swirling around like vultures.

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  Browns | Brian Hartline contract update    Mon Mar 9, 08:22 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million.

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