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  Browns | Josh Gordon contract affected    Sun Jan 25, 09:06 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to his looming suspension for another failed substance test.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon fails drug test    Sun Jan 25, 03:59 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test and will be subject to a one-year banishment, according to multiple league sources.

Footballguys view: Oh man, here we go again. Gordon is a fantastic talent, but his inability to stay clean has marred his NFL career. We wouldn't be surprised to see the Browns cut Gordon.

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  Browns | Browns owner not sold on Johnny Manziel    Fri Jan 23, 01:09 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their team turned in the right direction. 'We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed,' Haslam said. 'What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team.'

Footballguys view: Manziel made no impact as a rookie, and his future in the NFL is very much in doubt right now. He needs to show better play if and when he gets on the field. Plus, Manziel needs to show better commitment and maturity off the field. Haslam isn't ruling out Manziel being the starting quarterback in 2015, but he's leaving it open for other options, including QBs Brian Hoyer or Connor Shaw.

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  Browns | Interview two draft prospects    Fri Jan 23, 03:13 AM

Hobart OL Ali Marpet and Delaware TE Nick Boyle were interviewed by the Cleveland Browns at the Senior Bowl. The Browns are interested in addressing their performance up front.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer to receive extension?    Thu Jan 22, 04:46 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be re-signed this offseason, according to his agent. Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.

Footballguys view: Hoyer is set to hit the open market, but we can't imagine the market being white-hot for his services. He should be kept by the Browns because of the numerous question marks surrounding Johnny Manziel.

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  Browns | Browns not sure who QB is    Thu Jan 22, 02:38 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in John DeFilippo, but DeFilippo is unsure if the team's quarterback next year is currently on the roster. 'We're not sure if our starting quarterback's in the building right now or not,' DeFilippo said. 'If he is, that's great. If he's not, that's great, too. Whoever's in that room is going to be coached hard, be held accountable and be expected to do the things that we expect out of Cleveland Browns quarterbacks.' DeFilippo said that all Cleveland quarterbacks will begin the offseason with a clean slate.

Footballguys view: When they say they aren't sure who he is, are they saying they haven't met him or they aren't sure the guy they met is a quarterback? Is one more or less disturbing? A lot of franchises would protect a first rounder to the point of insanity, but not Cleveland. Whether Johnny Manziel is the guy or not, this quarterback situation is alarming. Manziel clearly has growing to do on and off the field, the free agent market is terrible and there aren't a lot of options that will be worth the 19th pick. A year after grabbing a supposed franchise quarterback, Cleveland is back in the exact same place.

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  Browns | New OC good for Johnny Manziel?    Wed Jan 21, 04:38 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could benefit from new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr.

Footballguys view: We'll have to wait and see here, but Manziel has nowhere to go but up. Carr said DeFilippo will do great with Manziel, adding that DeFilippo has worked with a running quarterback before in Kansas City Chiefs QB Terrelle Pryor.

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  Browns | John DeFilippo hired as Browns' OC    Wed Jan 21, 12:03 PM

Former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will be hired as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator. The deal has not officially been completed, but it's expected to be done by the end of the week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We'll see what the Browns can do on offense, and more importantly what they can do with second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel. DeFilippo hasn't called plays at the NFL level yet but did so at San Jose State.

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  Browns | Cleveland interviews Frank Cignetti    Tue Jan 20, 11:14 PM

St. Louis Rams quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti was interviewed by the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, Jan. 20, for their vacant offensive coordinator job, a source said.

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  Browns | Sign Micah Pellerin     Tue Jan 20, 01:06 PM

The Cleveland Browns signed CB Micah Pellerin (Cowboys) Tuesday, Jan. 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Browns | May look at Cecil Shorts    Sun Jan 18, 08:11 AM

Should Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts hit free agency as an unsigned player, the Cleveland Browns may have interest. Browns played his college ball at Division III powerhouse Mount Union, and he is from the Cleveland area.

Footballguys view: Shorts is a good receiver when healthy, but he's struggled with various injuries during his pro career. He's never played a full 16-game schedule in four years with the Jaguars. His 557 receiving yards this year is a low mark over the last three seasons.

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  Browns | Mike McDaniel will not return    Thu Jan 15, 11:36 AM

Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel will not return to the team next season after the two sides mutually agreed to part ways.

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  Browns | Kyle Shanahan let go    Thu Jan 8, 10:51 AM

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will not be retained in 2015. The two sides mutually agreed to part ways Thursday, Jan. 8.

Footballguys view: Bad franchises seem to have instability in the front office and coaching staff year to year. We've seen it with the New York Jets for quite a while, it appears to be happening in Buffalo with the Bills and Cleveland certainly fits the bill over the last two years. While we're not hitting the panic button, but after ejecting Rob Chudzinski last year after a season and then having the general manager/front office shakeup, another departure is concerning.

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  Browns | Dowell Loggains let go    Thu Jan 8, 10:42 AM

Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will not be retained in 2015.

Footballguys view: Yeah, because Loggains was the problem with Cleveland QBs this year.....

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  Browns | Kyle Shanahan might leave Cleveland    Wed Jan 7, 12:29 AM

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will consider a lateral move in the offseason due to friction between coaches and the front offices, sources said Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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  Browns | Two suspensions lifted    Sun Jan 4, 07:48 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon and CB Justin Gilbert officially had their suspensions lifted. The move was procedural, as this enabled the team to remove the two from the reserve/suspended list.

Footballguys view: This is just standard procedure. Expect Gordon to be traded or released before next season. He's incredibly talented, but Gordon has struggled to stay off the suspended list during his short pro career.

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  Browns | Alex Mack may be ready for workouts    Fri Jan 2, 04:00 PM

Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack (leg) indicated that he expects to participate in some of the offseason workouts.

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  Browns | Would take another quarterback in first round    Tue Dec 30, 03:35 PM

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team would not hesitate to draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2015 draft.

Footballguys view: Good, they need to be looking for alternatives to Johnny Manziel. He's athletic and was a playmaker in college, but immaturity and lack of discipline plagued Manziel during his rookie season. Even if he gets his head on straight, there's still plenty of work for Manziel to do in order to be a quality starter in the pros.

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  Browns | Two signed to Reserve/Future contracts    Tue Dec 30, 02:53 PM

The Cleveland Browns signed PK Travis Coons and PK Carey Spear to the reserve/futures list Tuesday, Dec. 30. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Browns | Seven signed to futures deal    Mon Dec 29, 06:45 PM

The Cleveland Browns re-signed DT Calvin Barnett, OG Karim Barton, WR Kevin Cone, CB Kendall James, DT Jacobbi McDaniel, LB Keith Pough and DT Christian Tupou to futures contracts Monday, Dec. 29. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer open to returning    Mon Dec 29, 05:22 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer said he likes the scenario in Cleveland, but he has to be wanted back. Hoyer said he can still coexist with QB Johnny Manziel, adding that once you've played, you don't want to sit on the bench.

Footballguys view: Hoyer was a high school star in Cleveland, so he feels at home with the Browns. The quarterback position is wide open with the Browns, as there are reports they could look to move on from 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel.

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  Browns | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Dec 28, 11:51 AM

The Cleveland Browns have declared DL Ahtyba Rubin, OT Andrew McDonald, QB Brian Hoyer, LS Charley Hughlett, CB Justin Gilbert, WR Phil Bates, OG Ryan Seymour inactive for Week 17.

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  Browns | Terrance West starting    Sun Dec 28, 11:08 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West will start at running back Sunday, Dec. 28.

Footballguys view: He's still not a great play against the Ravens with Connor Shaw starting at QB and the Ravens playoff hopes hanging in the balance.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon     Sun Dec 28, 10:32 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon 'has to go,' according to several members of the organization. His drug suspensions and lax behavior has become a growing problem.

Footballguys view: Gordon will surely be given another chance with another team, and his fantasy upside will remain significant, but he might not get too many more chances after that if he doesn't change his ways.

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  Browns | Want Buster Skrine back next year    Sun Dec 28, 02:31 AM

The Cleveland Browns have made it known that they want CB Buster Skrine, who is an unrestricted free agent at season's end, back on the roster next season. Defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil has said he wants Skrine to return, and head coach Mike Pettine has said 'just everything from Buster from A to Z is a guy that you want on your football team.'

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  Browns | Josh Gordon will be restricted free agent    Sat Dec 27, 03:28 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be a restricted free agent following the 2015 season. He will not be an unrestricted free agent because he was not active for the required six games this season after being suspended for Week 17.

Footballguys view: You honestly have to wonder what Gordon is thinking. This is not a great sign that he has learned anything from his previous issues and makes Cleveland look bad for passing on the great wide receiver class they were in position to choose from at the top of the 2014 NFL draft.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel not at practice    Sat Dec 27, 03:19 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) was not present at practice Saturday, Dec. 27. Manziel reportedly still traveled with the team and was not required to attend the walkthrough since he is on the Reserve/Injured list.

Footballguys view: It's not always a big deal when a player on IR skips practice, but there have been some reports he has been late for treatment as well. On the plus side, with the signing of Connor Shaw to a multiyear deal, Brian Hoyer is likely to be gone this offseason which sets a pretty clear path for Manziel to the starting job.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon may not return to Browns?    Sat Dec 27, 02:41 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was suspended for the final game of the 2014 regular season Saturday, Dec. 27. Gordon only had five active games this season and now may not be eligible for unrestricted free agency when his current contract runs out after the 2015 season.

Footballguys view: It was tremendously risky to skip out on such players as Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins and Odell Beckham Jr with their first pick in the first round and this is why. Gordon missed ten games this year and will miss this final game. When he was playing, he had a minimal impact, though some of that was because of his quarterback. It would come as no surprise if the Browns finally had enough.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon missed practice    Sat Dec 27, 01:52 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was suspended for Week 17 for missing practice Saturday, Dec. 27, according to a source.

Footballguys view: They say you can't fix stupid, and that could be a phrase which applies here. What else can you call the constant stream of bad decisions Gordon makes. Everyone assumed he learned after his latest ten game suspension, but either he wants out of Cleveland or he's very foolish. He's going to be a volatile keeper or dynasty player from here on out because you never know how much work you'll get from him.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon suspended    Sat Dec 27, 01:46 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was suspended for Week 17 for violating team rules.

Footballguys view: What a waste of talent at this point - Josh Gordon not only doesn't 'get it' he seems like he has no interest in 'getting it.' That makes him a volatile keeper or dynasty player from here on out because you never know how much work you'll get from him.

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  Browns | Jamie Meder joins active roster    Sat Dec 27, 12:41 PM

The Cleveland Browns signed practice squad DL Jamie Meder to their active roster Saturday, Dec. 27. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Browns | Connor Shaw added to roster    Sat Dec 27, 12:31 PM

The Cleveland Browns signed practice squad QB Connor Shaw to their active roster Saturday, Dec. 27. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: This is supposedly a multi-year deal, so between the presence of Johnny Manziel and Shaw, we can say goodbye to an ultimately underwhelming Brian Hoyer. We wouldn't roll Shaw out there this weekend in fantasy, as Baltimore needs a win and we think the Ravens could curb-stomp the Browns.

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  Browns | Connor Shaw agrees to deal    Fri Dec 26, 05:27 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Connor Shaw agreed to an undisclosed multi-year deal Friday, Dec. 26.

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  Browns | Release two players     Fri Dec 26, 05:13 PM

The Cleveland Browns waived TE Ryan Taylor and LB Eric Martin Friday, Dec. 26.

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  Browns | Connor Shaw to start    Fri Dec 26, 05:11 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Connor Shaw will officially start the season finale versus the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Dec. 28. QBs Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and Johnny Manziel (hamstring) were both injured last week and are not expected to play.

Footballguys view: Shaw is mobile and tough like Johnny Manziel, but he was much less accomplished during his time in the SEC. He probably can't be worse than Manziel was the last two weeks, as he is playing to upgrade his status in the NFL's eyes and keep the Ravens out of the playoffs.

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  Browns | Friday injury report    Fri Dec 26, 02:58 PM

Cleveland Browns C Ryan Seymour (hamstring) and DE Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 26, and have been ruled out for Week 17. TE Gary Barnidge (rib), DE Desmond Bryant (thumb), CB Joe Haden (shoulder), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot), TE Ryan Taylor (elbow) and CB K'Waun Williams (hamstring) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. WR Marlon Moore (knee) was limited during practice and is listed as probable.

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  Browns | Andrew Hawkins' status in question    Fri Dec 26, 02:57 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thumb) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 26, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer not expected to play    Fri Dec 26, 02:44 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (biceps, shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 26, and is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Undrafted rookie Connor Shaw will get the start as the Browns attempt to extinguish the Ravens playoff chances in Week 17.

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  Browns | Thursday practice report    Thu Dec 25, 03:48 PM

Cleveland Browns DE Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and C Ryan Seymour (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 25. TE Gary Barnidge (rib), DE Desmond Bryant (thumb), CB Joe Haden (shoulder), WR Marlon Moore (knee), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) and CB K'Waun Williams (hamstring) were limited during practice. The Browns did not practice Thursday, so this is an estimation.

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  Browns | Andrew Hawkins misses practice    Thu Dec 25, 03:45 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thumb) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 25. The Browns did not practice Thursday, so this is an estimation.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer sits out    Thu Dec 25, 03:36 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (biceps, shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 25. The Browns did not practice Thursday, so this is an estimation.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel not out of team's plans    Wed Dec 24, 05:21 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel isn't out of the team's plans for next season after playing only around seven quarters of football in his rookie season, according to head coach Mike Pettine. 'He's a player on our roster,' Pettine said. 'He'll have the chance to compete.' Manziel said this week that he pressed too hard as a starter, and he plans to have a much more productive offseason heading into his second year.

Footballguys view: The plan might be for him to ride the pine if the Browns add another (better) quarterback in free agency or the draft. We'll see if he can grow up off the field and work harder behind the scenes to be a better pro.

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  Browns | Wednesday practice report for Week 17    Wed Dec 24, 04:03 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thumb), DL Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and C Ryan Seymour (hamstring) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24. TE Gary Barnidge (rib), DE Desmond Bryant (thumb), CB Joe Haden (shoulder), WR Marlon Moore (knee), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) and CB K'Waun Williams (hamstring) all were limited in practice.

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Marlon Moore player page
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  Browns | Brian Hoyer does not practice    Wed Dec 24, 03:25 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (shoulder, bicep) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Footballguys view: We're likely to see Connor Shaw as the starter for the Browns this week.

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   Browns | Activate John Hughes    Wed Dec 24, 12:00 PM

The Cleveland Browns activated DE John Hughes (knee) from the reserve/designated to return list Wednesday, Dec. 24.

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  Browns | Ish Kitchen placed on IR    Wed Dec 24, 11:51 AM

Cleveland Browns DE Ish Kitchen (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 24.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel placed on IR    Wed Dec 24, 11:41 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Dec. 24.

Footballguys view: Manziel's first season in the pros goes down as a bust. He must work a lot harder to improve his game if he's going to make it in the NFL. A quiet offseason full of workouts with his receiver would do the young quarterback a lot of good.

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  Browns | Charley Hughlett signs    Wed Dec 24, 09:12 AM

Free-agent LS Charley Hughlett (Chiefs) signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Dec. 24.

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  Browns | Will activate John Hughes    Wed Dec 24, 02:49 AM

The Cleveland Browns will activate DT John Hughes (knee) from the injured reserve/designated to return list sometime this week.

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  Browns | Ray Agnew waived    Tue Dec 23, 06:23 PM

Cleveland Browns FB Ray Agnew III was placed on no-recall waivers Tuesday, Dec. 23.