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  Browns | Josh Gordon must convince commissioner     Sat Feb 6, 08:48 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon must convince NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell he won't slip up again in the future in order to be reinstated. 'Our No. 1 issue here is to prevent these things from happening,' Goodell said Friday, Feb. 5. 'I'm hopeful that Josh understands that he's going to have to conduct himself differently going forward to be a member of the NFL and to be representing the Cleveland Browns, or any team in the NFL.'

Footballguys view: If he's on the field, Gordon can be a dominant force for the Browns. The team is undergoing major changes (again), but we believe in new head coach Hue Jackson. Gordon could easily be a top-10 fantasy WR in 2016 if he plays a full 16-game season.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon confident in a return    Sat Feb 6, 01:35 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is confident that he has met the terms of his indefinite suspension in order to be reinstated, according to a source. If Gordon is reinstated, he would revert back to Stage 3 of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He would receive random testing and would still be one more incident away from another indefinite suspension.

Footballguys view: All signs have been positive about Gordon over the last week or so. It sounds like he's focused on football, and he is ready to walk the right path. If he's healthy and not suspended, Gordon can be a top-10 fantasy WR--even with poor QB play. We're hopeful to see him back on the field in 2016 and dominating once again on Sunday.

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  Browns | Cleveland unable to reach Johnny Manziel    Fri Feb 5, 04:45 PM

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has been unable to reach QB Johnny Manziel in the wake of his off-field incident last weekend in which his ex-girlfriend claimed that he hit her several times and appeared to be on drugs. 'We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that's all we need to say on the issue,' Haslam said. Haslam 'appeared frustrated' and 'emotional.' Manziel will not face charges for the incident.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel's family worried    Fri Feb 5, 12:28 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's father, Paul Manziel, said Johnny has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week. Paul Manziel said he's worried about his son's well being. 'I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday,' Manziel said.

Footballguys view: Manziel has to figure out how important football is to him. It might be his saving grace during this difficult time if he can get the message. Quarterbacks are still hard to find and Manziel actually improved on the field this year, so if he can start to turn it around for real this time, the NFL will eventually have him back.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel's agent drops him    Fri Feb 5, 12:27 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, has cut ties with him Friday, Feb. 5. Last month, Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James dropped Manziel from James' LRMR marketing firm.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel won't be charged    Thu Feb 4, 08:02 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will not be charged for an incident involving his ex-girlfriend last weekend. The investigation is closed.

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  Browns | Plot thickens for Johnny Manziel    Thu Feb 4, 06:43 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and himself after forcing her into a car, hitting her and dragging her by her hair. Colleen Crowley, Manziel's ex-girlfriend, also said she believed Manziel may have been on drugs or having a psychotic breakdown at the time of the incident.

Footballguys view: None of this is a shock and we dearly hope someone around Manziel gets him some much needed help and stops enabling him and his issues.

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  Browns | Travis Benjamin likely staying    Thu Feb 4, 04:17 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin said he could get a deal done with the Browns before March. Furthermore, he spoke with new head coach Hue Jackson, who said he loves Benjamin's skill set and that 2016 will hopefully be a great season for the Browns.

Footballguys view: Benjamin looks very good at times but getting banged up and a murky quarterback situation held him back. Right now the quarterback issue remains unsettled - until we see that change, Benjamin remains a low-end WR2 with upside.

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  Browns | Travis Benjamin deal done soon?    Wed Feb 3, 04:34 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin may receive a new deal in the near future, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: Finally! A Browns story that doesn't have to do with QB Johnny Manziel. The Browns would be wise to lock up Benjamin. Proving he was more than just a punt returner, Benjamin had career-best numbers in receptions (68), receiving yards (966) and touchdowns (5). He finished as the 29th receiver in standard scoring leagues. With better play at the QB position in 2016, Benjamin could break into the top-20 at his position.

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  Browns | Trades for Johnny Manziel unlikely    Tue Feb 2, 05:02 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be cut March 9, according to a source, as reported earlier. The Browns will entertain any late-round trade offers for Manziel, but they don't expect that to transpire, especially after Manziel's off-field antics.

Footballguys view: Who would trade for Manziel? Yes, it's a QB-desperate league...but Manziel has so many problems off the field--not to mention his on-field deficiencies--that giving up assets for him seems unlikely.

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  Browns | Teams interested in Johnny Manziel    Tue Feb 2, 02:21 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said three teams have shown interest in him: the Los Angeles Rams, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams were interested in Manziel during the NFL Draft and the Chiefs apparently have no interest in him now. Manziel and the Cowboys have been rumored for a while, and Dallas may be Manziel's best bet if he is indeed released by the Browns.

Footballguys view: He should probably gets things cleaned up off the field before worrying about his next landing spot. Manziel seems finished with the Browns--and vice versa. If he's out of trouble and motivated, Manziel has flashed just a little bit as a starter. Some team will be interested in taking Manziel to see if a second chance is all he needs.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel likely gone in March    Tue Feb 2, 12:44 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be released after the new league year begins March 9, according to a source. Releasing Manziel this month would count $4.6 million against the salary cap. The Browns released a statement from new director of football operations Sashi Brown Tuesday, Feb. 2, that expressed disappointment in Manziel for his latest off-field incident, but stopped short of saying his run in Cleveland is over.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be shocked by this headline. Manziel's immaturity off the field has hampered his chances of proving himself on the field. He's flashed a tiny bit as a starter, but there's still much to prove and develop for Manziel as a pro quarterback.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon vows to change    Mon Feb 1, 04:27 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon said he plans to 'disassociate' himself from those that could be contributing to keeping him out of the NFL. Gordon has been suspended a year for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, and he recently applied for reinstatement. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will make a decision within 60 days of Gordon's application.

Footballguys view: We're hoping that Gordon is serious about making a turnaround. If he's on the field, Gordon can be a top-5 fantasy wide receiver. The Browns QB situation is up in the air right now, but Gordon's the type of playmaker who can produce regardless of who is throwing him the ball.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel investigation ongoing    Mon Feb 1, 03:28 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is still being investigated for a possible assault of an ex-girlfriend Saturday, Jan. 30.

Footballguys view: The investigation is ongoing, and it is the second time in as many months that the NFL has investigated Manziel for a domestic incident. Manziel is likely done with the Browns, and any sort of trouble from this would certainly and negatively impact any free agent interest he could get.

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  Browns | Josh McCown could be cleared soon    Sat Jan 30, 03:44 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (collarbone) said his recover from a broken collarbone is going well. His recovery is on schedule and he hopes to be cleared soon to work out.

Footballguys view: Expect the Browns to add a quarterback through the draft or free agency. Reports indicate their interest in North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz is real. We could see them select Wentz with the second-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. McCown should be ready to rock by the time training camp rolls around, but the situation around him is likely to be different from what we saw last year.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel has altercation     Sat Jan 30, 01:20 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend Saturday, Jan. 30. Manziel was not arrested, but police made an information report regarding the incident.

Footballguys view: A spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Police Department said police were still gathering information and that they will release more information later. Manziel and his girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute in October of last year, but no arrests were made then, either.

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  Browns | Carson Wentz worthy of No. 2 pick?    Fri Jan 29, 01:43 PM

A top NFL personnel executive suggested this week that the Cleveland Browns should take North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick.

Footballguys view: The interest in Wentz from the Browns is real. They need a new quarterback after the failed Johnny Manziel experiment, and Wentz may be the best QB in the 2016 NFL draft. Wentz impressed on film with good size, athleticism and arm strength. He's done a good job of continuing to impress during the week of practice for the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl this week too.


  Browns | Cleveland met with Carson Wentz    Fri Jan 29, 12:06 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson met with North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz during the Senior Bowl this week, and Wentz said the meeting went well. The Browns may be ready to move on from QB Johnny Manziel this offseason. Jackson said a quarterback must 'represent the organization well,' and he wants 'a guy that can help elevate this football team, not anybody that's going to tear it down.'

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel situation fixable?    Fri Jan 29, 12:04 PM

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam thinks the situation with QB Johnny Manziel is fixable. However, new head coach Hue Jackson made it clear when he interviewed for the job that he wanted the team to move on from Manziel, according to a source. Haslam has been non-committal about Manziel's future.

Footballguys view: Fixable isn't the word we would use to describe the Browns relationship with Manziel. It's likely best for both sides to move on. Manziel has maturity issues, but on the field he has briefly flashed starter's ability. Perhaps a team like Dallas would be interested in grooming Manziel to be an eventual starter. Stay tuned.

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  Browns | No meetings with Johnny Manziel yet    Thu Jan 28, 12:24 PM

Cleveland Browns new head coach Hue Jackson has yet to meet with QB Johnny Manziel, and Manziel hasn't tried to reach out to the team's new head coach in the two weeks since he's been hired. 'There's no rhyme or reason why I haven't talked to him, but it's just the process I'm in right now. I'm just kind of picking the guys as I go,' Jackson said. Jackson has studied tape of Manziel and knows that he's athletic and can succeed in the NFL, but he suggested that talent alone doesn't make a quarterback.

Footballguys view: It's likely to be an awkward conversation which will sound a lot like "We're letting you go" so maybe everyone is just putting it off. Manziel could end up in Dallas with the Cowboys or another spot in the NFL, but we don't expect him to remain in Cleveland.

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  Browns | Kyle Brindza works out with Browns    Wed Jan 27, 08:11 AM

Free-agent PK Kyle Brindza (Buccaneers) worked out with the Cleveland Browns last week.

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  Browns | Cannon Matthews hired by Browns    Tue Jan 26, 12:49 PM

Former Tennessee Titans defensive quality control coach Cannon Matthews was hired by the Cleveland Browns as assistant defensive backs coach Tuesday, Jan. 26.

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  Browns | Travis Benjamin a priority for Browns?    Mon Jan 25, 03:13 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Travis Benjamin could be a top priority for the Browns this offseason after totaling 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns. He was also fourth in the NFL with 11.6 yards per punt return.

Footballguys view: Benjamin showed well for the Browns in 2015. The market shouldn't be too pricey for his services, so there's a good chance he could stick around with the Browns.

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  Browns | Mitchell Swartz talks not going well    Mon Jan 25, 02:23 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent OT Mitchell Schwartz did not have promising initial negotiations for a new deal, as he could be one of the more attractive free-agent offensive tackles this offseason.

Footballguys view: If Schwartz hits the open market, he'll be one of the hottest names at his position. The Browns are going in a different direction with new head coach Hue Jackson, but having Schwartz around would be a big help.

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  Browns | Robert Nunn hired by Browns    Fri Jan 22, 12:17 PM

Former New York Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn was hired by the Cleveland Browns for the same position Friday, Jan. 22.

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  Browns | Three hired by Browns    Fri Jan 22, 09:50 AM

The Cleveland Browns hired assistant offensive line coach Mark Hudson, tight ends coach Greg Seamon and quality control coach Bob Saunders Friday, Jan. 22.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell headed for big 2016?    Thu Jan 21, 10:23 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell ran for 371 yards and three touchdowns over the final five games of 2015, and Liz Loza of Yahoo! Sports believes the offensive philosophy of new head coach Hue Jackson's will benefit Crowell.

Footballguys view: Crowell has always had the talent, and now he'll have the opportunity with Jackson running the show. He finished as the 29th fantasy running back this year in standard scoring, but if he stays healthy and is properly featured then he could break into the top 20.

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  Browns | Cleveland not rushing Manziel decision    Thu Jan 21, 01:24 PM

The Cleveland Browns are in 'no panic' to make a quick decision on the future of QB Johnny Manziel, according to new vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. The Browns will also asses the future of suspended WR Josh Gordon once they know if he'll be reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Footballguys view: Well they'll play it close to the chest to assure themselves at least a minor chance they can trade him for something, even if it's a stack of Vinny Testaverde rookie trading cards. There's a better than even chance he is elsewhere next season.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel healthy, fined    Thu Jan 21, 12:47 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (concussion) has cleared the concussion protocol, according to team official Sashi Brown. Manziel was fined for missing a treatment Jan. 3.

Footballguys view: Where will he end up? Hard to see him in Cleveland, so we know it will be somewhere new, something that will likely hamper any fantasy value he might have.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement    Wed Jan 20, 08:10 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement to the league, confirmed a source with knowledge of the process who requested anonymity because of the league's confidentiality rules.

Footballguys view: This is an important story for fantasy owners to monitor as Gordon can be a top-5 WR if healthy and playing in the NFL. Gordon's fate will be known within 60 days of the receipt of his application, per rules of the reinstatement process. He is under the Browns' control for 2016. If reinstated, Gordon can become a restricted free-agent in 2017.

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  Browns | Ray Horton a favorite in Cleveland    Tue Jan 19, 05:01 PM

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton is the favorite to become the next defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Horton interviewed for the position Tuesday, Jan. 19. Horton ran the defense in Cleveland in 2013.

Footballguys view: Horton is a well-respected coach who seems like a good fit with the new-look Browns. This deal should happen in the near future.

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  Browns | Ray Horton interviewing in CLE    Tue Jan 19, 11:38 AM

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton is interviewing for the same position with the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Browns made it clear they want to hire him, and it could happen quickly.

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  Browns | Cleveland interested in Jim Schwartz    Mon Jan 18, 06:11 PM

Former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is receiving interest from the Cleveland Browns about their defensive coordinator position, according to a source. Schwartz has also received interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles.

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  Browns | Ray Horton may not join Browns    Mon Jan 18, 02:33 PM

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton has not received permission to interview for the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator job and is talking with the Titans about remaining with the team. It was reported that Horton was upset with the Titans after he was not hired as the head coach and was looking to move to the Browns, but Horton disputed that report.

Footballguys view: The Titans defense had some moments this year, but they need Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan to stay healthy to give them some teeth. Horton's attacking defense suits them well.

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  Browns | Ray Horton to join Cleveland's staff    Sun Jan 17, 04:53 PM

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton has been granted his release by the Titans and will join the Cleveland Browns coaching staff as their new defensive coordinator.

Footballguys view: According to this report, the Titans insulted Horton by being unaware of his desire to be a head coach. Horton did interview for the Titans then-vacant head coaching position, and he impressed with his knowledge and preparedness. We're shocked that the Titans didn't consider him a stronger candidate as Horton's got a sterling reputation in coaching circles and a fantastic mind for the game of football. We'll see what he can do with the Browns defense in 2016.

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  Browns | John DeFilippo will not return to Browns    Sat Jan 16, 11:43 AM

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has been informed that he has been released from his contract, according to a source.

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  Browns | Cleveland may add Kirby Wilson to staff    Fri Jan 15, 03:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson is being targeted by the Cleveland Browns for their running game coordinator position, but the Browns will need permission from the Vikings to hire Wilson.

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  Browns | Ray Horton to join Cleveland?    Thu Jan 14, 12:55 PM

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton is being targeted as the Cleveland Browns next defensive coordinator by head coach Hue Jackson, but it's unclear if the Titans will grant Horton permission to leave, according to a source.

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  Browns | Hue Jackson wants Joe Thomas back    Wed Jan 13, 11:34 PM

Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas was mentioned specifically by head coach Hue Jackson in his introductory press conference Wednesday, Jan. 13. He intends to persuade Thomas to stay. 'Joe Thomas, is one of the best tackles in this league, bar none, and he does deserve an opportunity to win. He is a tremendous football player and has been one of the cornerstones of this organization and this football team, and I can't wait to have the opportunity to talk to him, to give him our plan and hopefully, I believe in my heart, that he's going to get excited about what we're trying to accomplish,' Jackson said.

Footballguys view: The Browns were close to trading Thomas to the Denver Broncos in 2015, but proper compensation could not be agreed upon. Thomas may ask out of Cleveland if he doesn't like the new regime. Jackson needs to do everything he can to convince Thomas that he can get the Browns on the right track.

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  Browns | Hue Jackson not on board with Manziel    Wed Jan 13, 01:14 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is unlikely to stay with the Browns as new head coach Hue Jackson made it clear that he'd want to move on from him before taking the job, according to sources.

Footballguys view: We'll see Manziel playing somewhere else i 2016. Even if Jackson wasn't the new head coach, we'd be shocked to see Manziel stick around in Cleveland.

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  Browns | Hue Jackson hired by Cleveland    Wed Jan 13, 01:02 PM

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson was hired by the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Jan. 13, to serve as their next head coach. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jackson was arguably the hottest coach on the market. We think this is a great move for the Browns. Jackson is known as a creative offensive mind, and he does a good job of building a system that works best with the talent around him. We like what this hiring does for the dynasty stock of guys like TE Gary Barnidge, RB Isaiah Crowell and WR Josh Gordon.

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  Browns | Hue Jackson finalizing deal with Browns    Wed Jan 13, 12:51 PM

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Jan. 13, according to sources.

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  Browns | Hue Jackson meets with Browns again    Tue Jan 12, 06:22 PM

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson met with the Cleveland Browns again in regards to Cleveland's head coaching vacancy. The Browns are expected to give Jackson an offer soon, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com

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  Browns | Cleveland pushing for Hue Jackson    Mon Jan 11, 05:57 PM

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is drawing more interest from the Cleveland Browns, who plan to make a big push and finish a deal to hire Jackson for their vacant head coach position, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Jackson is arguably the hottest coaching candidate out there. He's considered the front-runner for the 49ers job, but it sounds like the Browns are going to make a big push. Stay tuned.

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  Browns | Matt Patricia interviews with CLE    Sat Jan 9, 06:24 PM

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia interviewed with the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Jan. 9, for their head coaching vacancy.

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  Browns | Cleveland talks with Jerome Henderson    Fri Jan 8, 04:43 PM

Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching position Friday, Jan. 8.

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  Browns | Sean McDermott interview update    Thu Jan 7, 07:07 PM

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott's interview will take place Sunday, Jan. 10 as opposed to the originally reported date of Thursday, Jan. 7.

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  Browns | Cleveland interviews Doug Marrone    Thu Jan 7, 05:50 PM

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach Doug Marrone interviewd with the Cleveland Browns for their open head coach position.

Footballguys view: Some feel Marrone got enough of a fair shake in Buffalo and he's done OK in Jacksonville. It's early in the process though so we'll see what the result is. Marrone doesn't have a huge ego and might be a good fit in the power structure Cleveland is trying to build.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel 2016 cap details    Thu Jan 7, 05:07 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is scheduled to earn $1.169 million in base salary in 2016, plus a signing bonus of $1.079 million. He will carry a total charge of $2.249 million and would cost the Browns to carry $4.624 million in dead cap space if he were to be released.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel cited in traffic    Thu Jan 7, 12:01 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel was cited Saturday, Jan. 2, for expired license plates. Manziel was cited at 8:28 a.m. in North Olmsted, Ohio. He has an arraignment on Jan. 21, but he can pay $125 online to waive the charges.

Footballguys view: We'd pay online. How he slipped by the keen eyes of the Cleveland local news team camped on his lawn we don't know but perhaps it involved a wig and a fake mustache. We are pretty sure Manziel is done in Cleveland, and by his actions we're not sure he cares.

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