Player News - Browns

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Browns LCB Joe Haden's $10.1 million base salary for 2016 became fully guaranteed on Wednesday.

Previously, his salary was only guaranteed for injury. Concussions limited Haden to five games last season. Even when healthy Haden was ineffective, receiving a negative grade from Pro Football Focus. Haden's concussion stories were scary, experiencing headaches and light sensitivity. Haden released a statement in December saying doctors told him to expect a "full recovery."
Feb 10 - 4:56 PM

Browns OLB Armonty Bryant has been indicted on two counts of felony drug possession stemming from his December 25 arrest in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Former Browns DB De'Ante Saunders has been indicted for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. The two are scheduled to be arraigned in court on February 24. Highway patrol troopers found guns, ammo, and prescription drugs Adderall and Oxycodone in the car early Christmas morning. Saunders was released from the practice squad, and Bryant was benched for the final two games of the season after registering 5.5 sacks on the year.
Feb 10 - 2:50 PM

A "well-placed Browns source" tells ESPN's Adam Schefter Johnny Manziel wasn't drunk on Dec. 30, but was "heavily hung over on something."

"There was something going on there," the source said. Manziel reportedly complained he was having trouble with light, had a headache and was vomiting. "This wasn't some massive cover-up," the source insisted. "What are you going to do? You have to put him in the protocol." The story adds up. It's another brick in the wall of Manziel's departure from Cleveland.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 4:59 PM

NFL.com's Mike Silver says he regrets alleging that the Browns "lied" in his initial report, but stands by his assertion that Johnny Manziel showed up to practice "noticeably drunk" on Dec. 30.

"If the Browns say they did not lie about Manziel's (concussion) diagnosis, I will take them at their word," Silver said. As in, perhaps it's possible the Browns mistook Manziel's drunkenness for a concussion. It's not impossible, but unlikely. The story, while explosive, is largely irrelevant at this point, as Manziel's Browns fate has long been sealed. His NFL future is trending toward "nonexistent."
Feb 9 - 3:30 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver said the Browns lied about Johnny Manziel being in the concussion protocol Week 17.

"Johnny Manziel, going into what would have been a start late in the season, showed up drunk at practice on a Wednesday," Silver reported. "The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol." The Browns have already decided to move on from Manziel, but this report could lead to serious discipline for the organization if true. The Browns have denied the report. Manziel is currently under investigation for allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend in January.
Source: NFL Network
Feb 9 - 12:53 PM

According to the police affidavit signed by alleged victim Colleen Crowley, Johnny Manziel beat and threatened to kill Crowley on January 29.

Manziel's ex-girlfriend, Crowley filed the affidavit as part of a request for a restraining order against Johnny Football. Crowley alleges Manziel hit her so hard he ruptured her eardrum and caused what's so far been permanent hearing loss in Crowley's left ear. Crowley also accuses Manziel of preventing her from leaving a Dallas hotel room and grabbing her by the hair and throwing Crowley into a vehicle. "Shut up or I'll kill us both," Manziel allegedly told Crowley at one point. Manziel and Crowley dated for two years and lived together for four months in Cleveland before the Dallas incident. Manziel agreed to the restraining order, which forbids him from seeing Crowley for two years. Police are still investigating whether Manziel should be arrested for domestic violence.
Feb 8 - 4:34 PM

Dallas police have initiated a criminal investigation into Johnny Manziel for domestic violence.

Manziel wasn't charged for the latest incident with his ex-girlfriend, but the case was reopened after a complaint was filed on Friday. Legal issues for Manziel continue to pile up. Manziel's situation will be updated when more info is available.
Feb 5 - 9:14 PM

ESPN Cleveland reports suspended WR Josh Gordon is confident he’ll be reinstated.

Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged Gordon has applied for reinstatement, but declined to update his status. The league has 60 days to make a decision, so there should be clarity on Gordon prior to the draft. Despite multiple off-field letdowns, Browns VP of football operations Sashi Brown is open to keeping Gordon if reinstated.
Feb 5 - 7:11 PM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the team has reached out to Johnny Manziel "several times" without a response.

"We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person," said Haslam. Manziel's life is spiraling out of control. He was dropped by his agent on Friday and has reportedly refused to go to rehab despite his family's insistence. The most ominous quote came from Manziel's father, who told the Dallas Morning News, "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday." Manziel is living in denial right now and needs to get help immediately.
Feb 5 - 4:01 PM

Johnny Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, has parted ways with the quarterback.

It's unusual to see the agent leaving the player. Most of the time, it's the other way around. But Burkhardt seems fed up with the off-field mess for his client, and Manziel has been unwilling to take control of his own life. Burkhardt says he's tried setting up meetings for Manziel with professionals, but Manziel has declined them. Manziel needs to pull himself out of the gutter.
Feb 5 - 10:12 AM

WFAA Dallas' Mike Leslie reports the Cowboys are "out" on Johnny Manziel.

We're not sure if they were ever "in," quite frankly, but we're sure owner/GM Jerry Jones has at least considered it. Manziel has strongly hinted at wanting to play in Dallas ever since he entered the league as a 2014 first-rounder. After all of his off-field issues, it's uncertain whether Manziel will even be in the league in the 2016 season. The Rams may be one club desperate enough.
Feb 5 - 9:51 AM

Both Dallas and Fort Worth police have opted not to press charges against Johnny Manziel in his alleged domestic violence case.

ABC Dallas reported disturbing allegations from Manziel's ex-girlfriend on Thursday, but she refused to cooperate with police. Manziel is lucky with the law, but from an NFL perception standpoint, the damage has already been done. Charges or no charges, Manziel seems like a person in need of serious help. It's difficult to envision him being on someone's 53-man roster in 2016.
Feb 4 - 7:43 PM

According to ABC Dallas, Johnny Manziel allegedly told his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley to "shut up or I'll kill us both."

Per the report, Crowley thought Manziel was "on drugs or maybe having a psychotic break." There are numerous disturbing allegations of abuse, from Manziel hitting Crowley multiple times to forcing her into a car against her will. He allegedly threatened to kill himself multiple times. Crowley has sought a protective order against the quarterback. Manziel's life has clearly spiraled out of control. He won't be in the league next season. For what it's worth, Manziel has "bluntly" denied the allegations to TMZ.
Source: ABC Dallas
Feb 4 - 6:20 PM

Free agent Travis Benjamin hopes to have a new deal with the Browns before hitting the open market.

"Hopefully, I can lock up before March," Benjamin said. Benjamin has spoken with new coach Hue Jackson, who apparently had glowing things to say. "He loves my skill set, loves my speed," Benjamin said of Jackson. "Hopefully it will be a great 2016 season for us." Players who profess such an open desire to remain with their current team rarely reach free agency.
Feb 4 - 2:20 PM

The player rep for free agent Travis Benjamin said Wednesday he's "optimistic" the Browns and Benjamin will come to an agreement.

Regardless of the optimism Benjamin's agent projects, he would be smart to take his client to the open market, where Benjamin and Marvin Jones will vie to be the top free agent wide receivers available once Alshon Jeffery is presumably franchise tagged or re-signed by the Bears long term. 26-year-old Benjamin's breakout season (68-966-5) occurred at an optimal time.
Feb 3 - 9:13 PM


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