Fantasy Football News & Views
Browns | A.J. McCarron to visit Wed Apr 16, 02:17 PM
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron at some point next week. The team worked out McCarron Wednesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: McCarron would be an option for the team if they passed on quarterback in the first round. We'll see if any team is willing to take McCarron early in the second round. We'd grade him more as a final day pick because (in our eyes) he's a backup-caliber quarterback.|
Browns | Kevin Norwood worked out Wed Apr 16, 12:57 PM
The Cleveland Browns worked out Alabama WR Kevin Norwood Wednesday, April 16.Link to story
Browns | A.J. McCarron working out Wed Apr 16, 10:24 AM
The Cleveland Browns are conducting a private workout with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron Wednesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: McCarron is hated because he's a winner--at least that's what he thinks. He comes off as a curmudgeon at the podium, and his performance on tape is poor as well. McCarron is getting hype because he was a winner at Alabama, surrounded by the nation's best. An honest assessment of his skill set reveals a backup-caliber quarterback with a weak arm.|
Browns | Johnny Manziel to visit this weekend Tue Apr 15, 05:30 PM
The Cleveland Browns will visit with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel this weekend.
|Footballguys view: Manziel could certainly be an option for the Browns in the first round. He would be a good fit for the Kyle Shanahan system. Any team that adds Manziel can't force him into a traditional offense. Instead, a franchise must be willing to think outside the box. Shanahan's offense can accentuate Manziel's athletic gifts the way it did Robert Griffin III in Washington.|
Browns | Chris Pressley has one-year deal Mon Apr 14, 01:51 PM
Updating a previous item, the Cleveland Browns signed FB Chris Pressley to an undisclosed one-year deal Monday, April 14.Link to story
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Browns | Chris Pressley signs Mon Apr 14, 09:58 AM
The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent FB Chris Pressley (Bengals) to an undisclosed deal.Link to story
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Browns | Interest in two players for draft Mon Apr 14, 01:57 AM
The two players that most interest the Cleveland Browns at the fourth pick are Clemson WR Sammy Watkins and Auburn OT Greg Robinson, and the team could trade down if neither is available.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are sitting at fourth overall in the draft. One, if not both, should be available at that time. Robinson would give them incredible bookend tackles as he'd play on the right side opposite Joe Thomas. Watkins would give them another fantastic weapon in the passing game. He could step in and start opposite Josh Gordon.|
Browns | Alex Mack says there is no bad blood Sat Apr 12, 08:06 PM
Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack said there is no bad blood between him and the team after the team placed the transition tag on him, and he signed an offer sheet with the Jacksonville Jaguars. 'It's been a long, hard road, but I'm here and I'm happy,' Mack said. 'I'm excited. I'm fired up. There's no bad blood. Now that it's done, I'm happy.' Mack said he will report for the offseason workouts Monday, April 14.Link to story
Browns | Interested in Aaron Murray Sat Apr 12, 10:19 AM
The Cleveland Browns have asked to either a private workout or a team visit with University of Georgia QB Aaron Murray.
|Footballguys view: There's a lot to like about Murray. He's an accurate quarterback who is known as a tough leader. Murray is short, but lacks the athleticism of Russell Wilson or Drew Brees. His arm isn't incredibly strong, and he'll struggle to throw deep when he can't set his feet. The Browns has Brian Hoyer as their starter right now, but they're likely to add a rookie to the mix. Murray is an option in the mid- or late-rounds if they neglect to take a QB early.|
Browns | Matching offer sheet for Alex Mack Fri Apr 11, 04:03 PM
The Cleveland Browns are matching the offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars for C Alex Mack. Mack will remain a member of the Cleveland Browns.
|Footballguys view: That didn't take long. The Browns know how valuable Mack is to what they do. He'll stay in Cleveland, and Mack will now be paid handsomely.|
Browns | No decision on matching offer to Alex Mack Thu Apr 10, 10:07 PM
The Cleveland Browns have not decided if they will match the offer sheet transition free-agent C Alex Mack will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Link to story
Browns | Likely will match an offer to Alex Mack Wed Apr 9, 03:32 PM
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is confident that the team would be able to match any offer transition free-agent C Alex Mack would receive from the Jacksonville Jaguars.Link to story
Browns | Craig Robertson re-signed Mon Apr 7, 05:27 PM
The Cleveland Browns have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent LB Craig Robertson. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
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Browns | Brandon Magee will not report for workouts Mon Apr 7, 02:48 PM
Cleveland Browns LB Brandon Magee will not report for the team's offseason workouts Monday, April 7, because he is participating in extended spring training as part of the Boston Red Sox organization. He said he plans to commit fully to football once the team's first minicamp begins at the end of the month but will report sooner if the team asks. Magee said he was worried that the Browns would not give him permission to play baseball, but that head coach Mike Pettine supports his decision.Link to story
Browns | Nate Burleson agrees to terms Sun Apr 6, 09:08 PM
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Burleson gives them veteran depth at the position behind Josh Gordon and Andrew Hawkins. If healthy, Burleson gives them a decent fourth wide receiver who can be a strong presence in the locker room.|
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Browns | Will work out two QB prospects Fri Apr 4, 12:04 AM
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to conduct private workouts with Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage and Ball State QB Keith Wenning this week.
|Footballguys view: Interesting to note that these two are completely different styles of QBs. Wenning is a pure passer with the ability to make quick decisions with the football. Savage if a classic pocket passer with a strong arm and questionable accuracy/mechanics. Both are seen as late-round, developmental prospects.|
Browns | Will meet with Nate Burleson Thu Apr 3, 07:13 PM
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) Saturday, April 5.
|Footballguys view: The Browns already added Andrew Hawkins earlier this year in free agency. If added, Burleson gives them a veteran presence on the outside opposite of Josh Gordon. He could also split time with Hawkins in the slot.|
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Browns | Will work out Stephen Morris Thu Apr 3, 01:47 PM
The Cleveland Browns will work out Miami QB Stephen Morris.
|Footballguys view: Morris is not more than backup material but the Browns have said they might draft two quarterbacks.|
Browns | Johnny Manziel to work out Wed Apr 2, 06:02 PM
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel will work out for the Cleveland Browns in the next two-to-three weeks.
|Footballguys view: Manziel would be a fine fit for the Kyle Shanahan offense in Cleveland. Shanahan could implement a system that would make the most of Manziel's unique skill set.|
Browns | Working out Blake Bortles Wed Apr 2, 02:53 PM
The Cleveland Browns are conducting a private workout with Central Florida QB Blake Bortles Wednesday, April 2.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are likely to select a quarterback with their first pick (4th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft. Bortles could go number one overall, or he could slide to the Browns. Either way, he's unlikely to get past them if he's there. Other possibilities for the Browns include Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville).|
Browns | Pursuing DeSean Jackson Tue Apr 1, 01:24 PM
Updating a previous report, the Cleveland Browns are going hard with their offer for free-agent WR DeSean Jackson (Eagles).
|Footballguys view: This goes against an earlier report about the Browns not having interest. Jackson has off field concerns that have kept some teams from making a stronger move for his services.|
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Browns | Not expected to pursue DeSean Jackson Mon Mar 31, 06:02 PM
The Cleveland Browns are expected to do their homework on free-agent WR DeSean Jackson (Eagles) but likely will not pursue him because of his off-field issues.
|Footballguys view: The Browns already have to worry about Josh Gordon. Their star receiver was suspended the first two games of last year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. There's no need to add another wideout with character concerns.|
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Browns | Derek Carr to work out Monday Fri Mar 28, 09:52 PM
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to conduct a private workout with Fresno State QB Derek Carr Monday, March 31.
|Footballguys view: The Browns have two first-round picks this year thanks to the Colts trading for RB Trent Richardson. Taking Carr with the fourth-overall pick is not advisable. However, if he's there at 26th overall then that could make sense.|
Browns | Josh Gordon expects QB with top pick Thu Mar 27, 07:02 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon said he believes the team will select a quarterback with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft but is not sure which quarterback prospect the team would take.
|Footballguys view: We're thinking Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) might be their top pick in the first round. Manziel has the athleticism to make for an intriguing fit in the Kyle Shanahan system.|
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Browns | Did not attend Johnny Manziel's pro day Thu Mar 27, 01:25 PM
The Cleveland Browns did not attend Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel's pro day.
|Footballguys view: Don't read anything into this, as they aren't going to any quarterback pro days and they have a private workout schedule with Manziel. GM Ray Farmer had an amusing exchange with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport where Rapoport commented on the Browns not being at quarterback pro days and Farmer replied "Are you sure I wasn't? How do you know?" Honestly, there are teams who go to every pro day and meet with every player and never draft those players, while there are teams who rarely meet with players who they then draft. Don't get too caught up in "the meaning" of it.|
Browns | Will take a look at two QB prospects Wed Mar 26, 05:55 PM
The Cleveland Browns will conduct private workouts with Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo and Georgia QB Aaron Murray before the 2014 NFL Draft. General manager Ray Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will attend the workouts.
|Footballguys view: The Browns have both a late first and early second round pick, so they can afford to wait for a second-tier quarterback prospect if they prefer the risk/reward of one of those players over the top tier this year.|
Browns | Will work out Derek Carr Wed Mar 26, 05:54 PM
The Cleveland Browns will conduct a private workout with Fresno State QB Derek Carr before the 2014 NFL Draft. General manager Ray Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will attend the workout.Link to story
Browns | Will hold private workout with Blake Bortles Wed Mar 26, 05:52 PM
The Cleveland Browns will conduct a private workout with Central Florida QB Blake Bortles before the 2014 NFL Draft. General manager Ray Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will attend the workout.Link to story
Browns | Johnny Manziel will work out Wed Mar 26, 05:50 PM
The Cleveland Browns will conduct a private workout with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel before the 2014 NFL Draft. General manager Ray Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will attend the workout.
|Footballguys view: The Browns have been quiet about this class of quarterback since changing over their head coach and front office early in the offseason, but they have to thoroughly workout the contenders to be sure that they aren't passing over a rare chance to get a viable NFL starting quarterback through the draft. The new CBA makes the rookie salaries so attractive for a quarterback, even in the early first round.|
Browns | Will work out Teddy Bridgewater Wed Mar 26, 05:49 PM
The Cleveland Browns will conduct a private workout with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater before the 2014 NFL Draft. General manager Ray Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will attend the workout.Link to story
Browns | Mike Pettine impressed with Teddy Bridgewater Tue Mar 25, 01:45 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine called Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater 'extremely accurate, cerebral and NFL-ready, with a calming presence and quiet confidence.'
|Footballguys view: Pettine should be impressed with Bridgewater. On film, he's incredibly accurate on short and underneath routes. He can throw to the edge of the field, and Bridgewater is not afraid to challenge a defense vertically. Bridgewater is incredibly smart, and he can quickly diagnose where to go with the football. Yes, his pro day performance was average at best. We still think he's a top 10 pick, and he remains as our number one QB in this draft class.|
Browns | Mike Pettine high on Derek Carr Tue Mar 25, 01:43 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Fresno State QB Derek Carr is the 'best natural thrower in the draft.'
|Footballguys view: Carr has a strong arm, and he can fit the ball into tight windows. He impresses during workouts, but there are questions about how Carr is going to handle pressure at the NFL level. Does he get better at handling pressure, like Aaron Rodgers did when he came out of college? Or is he the next Blaine Gabbert? Either way, Carr is likely to be a first-round pick.|
Browns | Not opposed with going defense early in draft Tue Mar 25, 01:41 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine called South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney a 'freakish athlete' and said the team wouldn't be opposed to selecting him at fourth overall in the draft.Link to story
Browns | Could draft two QBs Tue Mar 25, 01:40 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is not ruling out the chance that the team will select two quarterbacks in this year's NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: They could do what Washington did in 2012 when they added both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. It's a wise move as quarterback talent dries up quickly in the NFL. It's good to have a developmental guy you can flip.|
Browns | Interested in Mark Sanchez Mon Mar 24, 05:35 PM
The Cleveland Browns have shown real interest in free-agent QB Mark Sanchez (Jets).Link to story
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Browns | May have interest in Mark Sanchez Mon Mar 24, 03:37 PM
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team could show interest in free-agent QB Mark Sanchez (Jets) if they believe he can improve the team.
|Footballguys view: The Browns need a backup quarterback, and Sanchez may fit the bill. He could compete with Brian Hoyer and perhaps a rookie quarterback for the starting job in 2014.|
Mark Sanchez player page
Browns | Want to sign Alex Mack to new deal Mon Mar 24, 03:34 PM
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team is still interested in signing transition free-agent C Alex Mack to a long-term deal and is confident that the two sides will be able to reach an agreement. Farmer said Mack is within his rights to talk with other teams at this time.Link to story
Browns | GM will not attend Johnny Manziel's Pro Day Mon Mar 24, 03:27 PM
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said he will not attend Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel's Pro Day Thursday, March 27, because of a scheduling conflict. Farmer said he does not know what a Pro Day shows teams since the throws are orchestrated. He said the team will have a chance to meet with all quarterback prospects before the draft.
|Footballguys view: Manziel could be an option for the Browns with the fourth-overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He's an athletic quarterback who could be a good fit for the Kyle Shanahan offense.|
Browns | Paul McQuistan agrees to terms Mon Mar 24, 02:39 PM
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with free-agent OT Paul McQuistan (Seahawks) on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Browns | Were interested in Matt Schaub Mon Mar 24, 10:46 AM
The Cleveland Browns were interested in QB Matt Schaub before the Oakland Raiders acquired him.
|Footballguys view: The Browns have a need at the quarterback with Jason Campbell (Bengals) and Brandon Weeden (Cowboys) moving on. They'll add competition for Brian Hoyer, likely in the 2014 NFL draft.|
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Browns | Not in hot pursuit of Arthur Moats Sun Mar 23, 12:01 AM
Free-agent LB Arthur Moats (Ravens) does not appears to be a front burner target of the Cleveland Browns at this time. There had been rumors the team was previously interested.Link to story
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Browns | Rehabbing players ahead of schedule Sun Mar 23, 12:00 AM
Cleveland Browns OT Chris Faulk (knee), LB Quentin Groves (ankle) and RB Dion Lewis (leg) are each coming along well in their rehab, and some are even ahead of schedule.Link to story
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Browns | Travis Benjamin continues to rehab Sun Mar 23, 12:00 AM
Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (knee) continues his rehab, and he is targeting a return in time for trainng camp. He is working his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Link to story
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Browns | Charles Johnson targeting training camp Sat Mar 22, 11:59 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Charles Johnson (knee) is hopeful of completely his rehab in time to take part in training camp. He is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Link to story
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Browns | Brian Hoyer aiming for OTAs Sat Mar 22, 11:57 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) expects to take part in the team's organized team activities (OTAs) in May.
|Footballguys view: Hoyer is going to have some competition for the starting job this year. That competition is likely to come in the form of a first-round pick. The Browns could be interested in one of the top three quarterbacks in this year's draft. Most mock drafts have them taking Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) with the fourth overall pick.|
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Browns | Studying Jadeveon Clowney Sat Mar 22, 11:57 PM
The Cleveland Browns are studying South Carolina LB Jadeveon Clowney leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Clowney is this year's top pass-rusher. He is a beast on the field, wrapping up ball-carriers quickly and violently. Clowney can be disruptive as an edge-rusher, but he also has quick inside moves to increase pressure up the middle.|
Browns | Attended pro day for Khalil Mack Sat Mar 22, 11:56 PM
The Cleveland Browns recently attended the pro day for University of Buffalo LB Khalil Mack, and he is on their radar heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: There are some in the scouting community who prefer Mack to Jadaveon Clowney (South Carolina). Mack played a hybrid linebacker who can put his hand in the ground or stand up to rush the passer. He does not waste time getting tied up with blockers, and Mack will quickly diagnose where the play is heading. He's likely a top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.|
Browns | Not looking at Mark Sanchez Sat Mar 22, 11:56 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine reportedly liked free-agent QB Mark Sanchez (Jets) when they were together with the New York Jets, but a source said Saturday, March 22, that there is 'nothing important' to report as far as a level of interest by the Cleveland Browns.Link to story
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Browns | May pursue Rex Grossman Fri Mar 21, 09:24 PM
The Cleveland Browns have shown interest in free-agent QB Rex Grossman (Redskins), because he is familiar with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system. Grossman likely would not compete for the starting job if signs with the Browns.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Grossman has followed Shanahan to the last two stops he's made as a coach (Houston, Washington).|
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Browns | Did not offer T.J. Ward anything Fri Mar 21, 02:39 PM
Denver Broncos FS T.J. Ward said the Cleveland Browns did not offer him anything before he signed with the Broncos. "Quotes get misunderstood all the time," Ward tweeted . "Just FYI. Cleveland offered me nothing."Link to story
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