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  Browns | Spencer Lanning re-signs    Fri Mar 6, 02:10 PM

Cleveland Browns P Spencer Lanning re-signed with the Browns Friday, March 6. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Browns | Re-sign Shaun Draughn    Fri Mar 6, 01:48 PM

The Cleveland Browns re-signed RB Shaun Draughn to a one-year contract Friday, March 6. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer, Browns parting ways?    Thu Mar 5, 09:37 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer said Thursday, March 5, that it is good for both sides to go their separate ways.

Footballguys view: Why is there a question mark on the headline? The Browns added Josh McCown this offseason, and he'll be competing with Johnny Manziel for the starting job. Hoyer will have to look for a gig elsewhere.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel needs to focus on football    Tue Mar 3, 05:29 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel needs to have an obsession with football, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. 'It's truly a lifestyle to be an NFL quarterback,' DeFilippo said. 'It's not just a job. It's all-consuming. You need to sleep, eat, do everything fast and just think about football all the time.'

Footballguys view: That's all nice and well, but first he needs to get his life back on track. Manziel entered rehab earlier this year to take care of his alcohol problem. Once he's out, then Manziel needs to have an unhealthy obsession with football. He's got a long climb ahead of him if he's ever going to live up to the hype.

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  Browns | Brian Hartline to visit Cleveland    Tue Mar 3, 08:46 AM

Free-agent WR Brian Hartline (Dolphins) will visit the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, March 3.

Footballguys view: Hartline is a capable receiver, but the Browns need a true WR1 on their team. We're not thrilled with Cleveland's QB situation even with new starter Josh McCown added.

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  Browns | Josh McCown expects to start    Mon Mar 2, 01:44 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is expecting to start after signing a three-year, $14 million deal last week that includes $6.25 million in guarantees and $6 million in incentives.

Footballguys view: When McCown signed on the dotted line, we pretty much felt he would be the starter to begin the season...and maybe he stays in the lineup for the entire year. McCown went just 1-10 as the starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. He will compete with QBs Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw this summer.

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  Browns | Josh McCown to work with Johnny Manziel    Mon Mar 2, 07:18 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown will work with QB Johnny Manziel to help him get used to the NFL.

Footballguys view: So last year wasn't a "redshirt" season for the rookie? We're hoping that Manziel can get his life back on track as he's in rehab right now. McCown is a decent veteran, but he's about what Brian Hoyer was last year. The move to add McCown wasn't any sort of upgrade.

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  Browns | Josh McCown guaranteed $6.25 million    Sat Feb 28, 05:33 PM

Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has $6.25 million in guarantees in his three-year deal, and he'll make $5.25 million in 2015. The value of his deal is $14 million with the chance to make $20 million, according to a source that has seen the contract.

Footballguys view: We doubt that McCown makes it through all three years of his deal. He's a temporary fix to what has been a permanent problem for the Browns since they got their team back in Cleveland. McCown should begin this season as the starter, but he'll have to beat out Johnny Manziel in training camp. Manziel is in rehab right now, but the Browns are hopeful he can be their QB of the future.

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  Browns | Josh McCown contract details    Fri Feb 27, 10:19 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown's three-year deal is worth roughly $15 million, according to a source.

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  Browns | Three-year deal for Josh McCown    Fri Feb 27, 07:37 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown signed a three-year deal Friday, Feb. 27, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. McCown completed 184 of 327 passes for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014.

Footballguys view: The Browns get essentially what they had last year in Brian Hoyer. McCown is a good veteran, but he's not a long-term answer. McCown has a good relationship with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo from their days with the Oakland Raiders.

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  Browns | Josh McCown signs with Cleveland    Fri Feb 27, 06:29 PM

Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) has signed with the Cleveland Browns, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Browns get their quarterback--at least as a fill-in guy. McCown is a decent veteran, but he's more backup caliber player. He's essentially a similar version of what they had last year in Brian Hoyer. McCown will compete with Johnny Manziel for the starting job in 2015. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much from the Browns passing game this season.

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  Browns | Browns in talks with Josh McCown    Thu Feb 26, 11:32 PM

Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) has had contract talks with the Cleveland Browns in addition to the Buffalo Bills, according to a source.

Footballguys view: This is no long-term answer for the Browns or the Bills. McCown can fill a gap as a veteran starter, but he offers little upside--kind of like last year's starter in Cleveland, Brian Hoyer. The Browns can assemble some nice pieces on both sides of the ball, but they won't be able to push for a playoff spot without better quarterback play.

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  Browns | Ted Ginn an option for Cleveland    Wed Feb 25, 01:52 PM

Free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals) is receiving interest from the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Browns won't use Ginn much as a receiver, but they could certainly be interested in him as a return man.

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  Browns | James Casey to visit Cleveland    Wed Feb 25, 10:32 AM

Free-agent TE James Casey (Eagles) will visit the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: The Browns are likely to lose Jordan Cameron in free agency. They'll need help at the tight end position, and that's why they're looking at Casey.

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  Browns | CLE interested in Mike Glennon?    Tue Feb 24, 09:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon is a player the Cleveland Browns are believed to be interested in, according to two league sources.

Footballguys view: There haven't been any formal offers, but if the Buccaneers are willing to deal Glennon he is a name worth watching. The Bucs will have their franchise QB when they select Jameis Winston with the number one pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Glennon might be able to fetch them a third-round pick (or so) by a team interested in a quarterback with 19 games experience, a strong arm and decent upside.

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  Browns | Josh McCown visiting    Tue Feb 24, 05:26 PM

Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is visiting the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: McCown is a decent option, and he could be better than Brian Hoyer as a starter. However, he's no long-term answer at the position. We'll see if Johnny Manziel can get his life back on track after checking into rehab for alcohol problems.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer's status up in air    Sun Feb 22, 09:20 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer's agent met with the Browns in January, but it is uncertain when negotiations will relaunch.

Footballguys view: Hoyer is a boring option for any team looking for a quarterback. He's 'OK' as a starter, but his play is nothing to write home about. The Browns would love to be mediocre in 2015, and Hoyer would help them be below average if he's kept around and if he can stay healthy.

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  Browns | CLE meets with DeVante Parker    Sun Feb 22, 09:19 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker had an informal meeting with the Cleveland Browns. He is considered a first-round prospect and good route runner.

Footballguys view: The Browns have to find an upgrade at the WR position. They'll be considering WRs with one of their two first-round picks in the 2015 NFL draft. Parker has sticky hands and can make crazy catches. He lacks top-end speed, but Parker does a good job of setting up routes and getting open.

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  Browns | Jordan Cameron likely done in CLE    Sun Feb 22, 09:18 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent TE Jordan Cameron is not expected to be re-signed by the team.

Footballguys view: The Browns are a mess on offense, and Cameron wants out. Teams like the Broncos could be interested in the talented tight end. He will have no shortage of suitors on the open market.

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  Browns | Meet with Jabaal Sheard    Sun Feb 22, 09:17 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent LB Jabaal Sheard's representation has met with the team, but he is not expected to be brought back barring an unforeseen late swing.

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  Browns | Want Buster Skrine back    Sun Feb 22, 09:17 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent CB Buster Skrine is expected to have a nice market after a good season. The Browns want him back, but might not be interested in a bidding war for his services. The team has met with his representation.

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  Browns | Desmond Bryant confident    Sun Feb 22, 09:16 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Desmond Bryant had a strong 2014 season, and sources report he is confident he will not be asked to take a pay cut or restructure of his contract.

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  Browns | Phil Taylor could be cap casualty    Sun Feb 22, 09:14 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor is due $5.5 million in the final year of his rookie deal.

Footballguys view: Taylor is a good player when healthy, but he's struggled with injuries during his pro career. The team might approach Taylor about restructuring his contract or he could be outright released.

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  Browns | Cleveland interested in Sam Bradford    Sat Feb 21, 01:52 PM

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford has reportedly drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns, but Bradford will likely be staying with the Rams.

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  Browns | Ahtyba Rubin healthy    Sat Feb 21, 10:30 AM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent DE Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) is healthy. Rubin is likely done with the Browns, but would like to create his own market in free agency.

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  Browns | Jameis Winston to meet with Cleveland    Fri Feb 20, 05:05 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston is scheduled to meet with the Cleveland Browns during the NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: The Browns would have to move quite a bit to get Winston, and like the rumors they could like Marcus Mariota, it's not a great sign that their 2014 first rounders were good selections. On top of it, this is a team with a ton of holes. Is spending two draft picks (at least) to move up for a quarterback the best use of their picks?

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  Browns | Marcus Mariota an option for Browns?    Fri Feb 20, 04:12 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be an option for the Cleveland Browns in this year's draft if they are willing to package their two first-round picks to move up to snag him, according to quarterback guru George Whitfield. Whitfield has worked with both Mariota and Browns QB Johnny Manziel. Both quarterbacks have also been coached extensively by Cleveland quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell. O'Connell could push for the team to move up and draft Mariota. Mariota said he'd welcome the chance to play for any NFL team, including the Browns.

Footballguys view: Really, can you think of any worse message than trading up for a quarterback? Might as well call their 2014 first round a complete waste of time at that point. Mariota has the potential to play well, but will need patience - not a strong suit of the Browns front office by all appearances. This is also an offense with a staggering lack of weapons, which is not beneficial to Mariota's (or Manziel or Shaw's) development. The Browns have a lot of needs, and spending both picks for Mariota might not be the wisest choice, no matter how tempting.

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  Browns | Cleveland open to Mark Sanchez    Wed Feb 18, 04:44 PM

Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent QB Mark Sanchez could be a candidate to sign with the Cleveland Browns in free agency. Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he's 'open' to working with Sanchez after the two worked together with the New York Jets.

Footballguys view: Cleveland needs to address the QB position with Johnny Manziel in rehab. Sanchez is coming off a decent season with the Eagles, and he could be counted on as a spot starter until Manziel is ready--if he's ever ready.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel progressing    Wed Feb 18, 04:41 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is making progress during his time at a rehabilitation facility and head coach Mike Pettine said the team is proud of the progress he's making.

Footballguys view: It's not about football at this time. Manziel needs to get his life on track. He checked himself into rehab and seems serious about putting the right foot forward. Good luck to him.

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  Browns | Josh McCown an option at QB    Wed Feb 18, 03:36 PM

Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is an option at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, according to head coach Mike Pettine, though Cleveland has not scheduled a visit with him yet.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be floored here. McCown is one of the best free agent quarterbacks on the market....and that says something about the class of QBs available this offseason. No offense to McCown, but he's a spot starter or solid backup...he's not a long-term answer at quarterback.

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  Browns | Barkevious Mingo had surgery    Wed Feb 18, 03:15 PM

Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) recently underwent surgery to repair his injured shoulder, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

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  Browns | Browns, Brian Hoyer reunion not close    Wed Feb 18, 02:48 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer is not close to working out a new deal with the team. Hoyer had hoped to have a sit down meeting with the club and general manager Ray Farmer at this point to gauge the team's interest, but a meeting hasn't taken place.

Footballguys view: We would be surprised to see Cleveland rinse/repeat at the quarterback position, but who knows...it is the Browns. The Browns appear to be looking at other options first while allowing Hoyer to do the same.

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  Browns | Sign Varmah Sonie    Wed Feb 18, 01:50 PM

The Cleveland Browns signed CB Varmah Sonie (Buccaneers) Wednesday, Feb. 18. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Browns | Kevin O'Connell officially hired    Tue Feb 17, 02:27 PM

The Cleveland Browns officially added quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell to the coaching staff Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Footballguys view: O'Connell has been training Marcus Mariota (Oregon) during the pre-Combine process. Now that he's hired by the Browns officially, he'll have to stop working with the potential top-5 pick.

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  Browns | NFLPA files grievance for Josh Gordon    Tue Feb 17, 10:34 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's one-game suspension late last season prompted the NFLPA to file a non-injury grievance on his behalf Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Footballguys view: Gordon failed to accrue a season since he only played in five games last year. This will impact how soon he can reach free agency. Gordon still can't apply for reinstatement by the league until after the season.

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  Browns | Paul McQuistan let go    Fri Feb 13, 05:01 PM

Cleveland Browns OG Paul McQuistan has been released.

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  Browns | Buster Skrine to test market    Fri Feb 13, 03:22 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent CB Buster Skrine said he will test the free-agent market this offseason.

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  Browns | Jimmy Haslam supports Josh Gordon    Thu Feb 12, 02:35 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon received support from team owner Jimmy Haslam, in an interview with Cleveland.com, Haslam was critical of Gordon's off-field behavior and hopes Gordon can get proper help during his suspension. When asked if the Browns would cut Gordon, Haslam said they have a year to decide, and the decision would be made 'at the proper time.'

Footballguys view: Things in Cleveland are a mess right now. Gordon is only part of the problem. Quarterback Johnny Manziel is trying to get his life on track in rehab, and the team is a long way from contending for the AFC North title.

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  Browns | Buster Skrine not expected back    Thu Feb 12, 12:52 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent CB Buster Skrine is not expected to re-sign with the team this offseason.

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  Browns | Team wants Tashaun Gipson back    Thu Feb 12, 02:58 AM

Free-agent FS Tashaun Gipson (Browns) is being courted again by the Cleveland Browns, who are trying to keep him despite injuries suffered last season.

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  Browns | Jimmy Haslam supports Johnny Manziel    Wed Feb 11, 07:48 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel still has the support of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. 'I think it's way too early to give up on Johnny,'Haslam told the team's beat writers during a meeting. Haslam went on to say he applauds Manziel for seeking help and the team will do everything it can to support him for 'however long that takes.'

Footballguys view: The Browns are such a mess. Haslam is responsible for this mess, so of course he's going to defend a pick he should have never made.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer talks text message scandal    Tue Feb 10, 03:27 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer said he's intrigued by the text message investigation, especially since it deals with play-calling and the quarterback situation. It is still unknown whether Hoyer will become a free agent this offseason or if he'll be re-signed by the Browns.

Footballguys view: This isn't any sort of Brett Favre texting scandal. Instead, it has to do with the Browns coaching staff. The texting, which reportedly went to an assistant coach in the press box and unnamed team employees on the sidelines, could be a violation of NFL rules. Hoyer is a free agent this offseason, but he could always return to the Browns in 2015.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer ready for Round 2?    Sat Feb 7, 09:10 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer said he would be willing to battle QB Johnny Manziel for the starting job a second time if he re-signs with the team. 'It's something I've already done once,' he said. 'I'm not afraid of doing it twice.'

Footballguys view: ZZZZZZZZZZ. The Browns have one of the most boring quarterback situations in the entire league. Yes, Hoyer is ready but he's not an exciting option for the Browns--or fantasy owners.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer up for anything    Sat Feb 7, 02:32 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer said all options are on the table as far as free agency and whether he'll return to Cleveland. Hoyer will become an unrestricted free agent this year, but Hoyer's agent has said that Hoyer could be re-signed and is scheduled to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.

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  Browns | Jordan Cameron wants out of Cleveland?    Thu Feb 5, 09:32 PM

Cleveland Browns impending free-agent TE Jordan Cameron is not interested in re-signing with the team, according to a source.

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  Browns | Jordan Cameron not interested in returning?    Wed Feb 4, 07:14 PM

Jason LaCanfora, from CBS Sports, reports that sources have told him Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has no interest in returning. Cameron is set to be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins.

Footballguys view: Things are a mess right now in Cleveland. We don't blame Cameron for wanting out. The free agent class of tight ends could be pretty strong with guys like Cameron and Julius Thomas (Broncos) hitting the open market. We'd be shocked if Cameron was with the Browns in 2015.

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  Browns | Trading up for QB?    Wed Feb 4, 07:16 AM

The Cleveland Browns are exploring the possibility of using their two draft picks in the first round to trade up for a quarterback along the lines of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota or Florida State QB Jameis Winston.

Footballguys view: Cleveland earned the 12th overall pick due to their record, and they received the 19th overall pick from the Buffalo Bills in the Sammy Watkins trade last year. In order to move up for one of those top two QBs, the Browns would need to get in front of the New York Jets at sixth overall. Perhaps a team like Washington (fifth overall) would be willing to move down in order to get more players.

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  Browns | Cleveland plans to pursue impact WR    Tue Feb 3, 09:51 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon 'no longer factors into any plans,' and the team plans to pursue an impact wide receiver via the draft, trade or free agency, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: The Browns had two first-round picks last year, yet they neglected to select a wide receiver in what was arguably the best class for WRs in NFL history. Now, they'll be looking for an impact wideout in the draft or free agency. This draft class is not as strong as last year's, but this free agent class is chock full of impact players at the position.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon suspended by league    Tue Feb 3, 06:16 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been suspended without pay for at least a year for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Gordon's suspension commences immediately.

Footballguys view: This is essentially an indefinite suspension handed out by the league. Gordon will be able to apply for reinstatement after one year. If he stays out of trouble, the league might consider allowing him to continue playing at that time. The Browns don't sound like they're giving up on Gordon, but it looks like they'll have to plan on a 2015 that doesn't include the troubled star.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel evaluating himself    Mon Feb 2, 12:25 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is expected to be in rehab for at least a few weeks, but the amount of time he's there largely depends on what a doctor recommends, according to a source close to Manziel. Manziel is voluntarily entering treatment as a result of his lifestyle off the football field, and he wants to 'figure out his value system.' Nearly 20 Browns sources are on record that Manziel showed a yearlong pattern of a lack of commitment and preparation and a dedication to nightlife that affected his preparation. 'Johnny's his own worst enemy,' one source said.

Footballguys view: Again, we think this is a good thing for Manziel. This type of self examination can turn his life around. He's got a bright future in front of him in the pros if he starts to take being a professional seriously.

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