Player News - Browns

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns have reached a "stalemate" in extension talks with restricted free agent Isaiah Crowell.

RapSheet contends the sides were in "heavy talks" at one point. It doesn't make much sense for the Browns to commit long term to Crowell when they can retain him with a cheap restricted free agent tender. Crowell is a solid runner who averaged 4.8 yards per carry this past season, but his monetary value is minimal as a two-down grinder who already has over 500 NFL carries under his belt.
Jan 20 - 2:06 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns have made "significant progress" in contract talks with impending free agent Jamie Collins, and are expected to finalize a deal by the weekend.

GM Sashi Brown is on record as hoping to keep Collins without the franchise tag. Collins' play was listless following his acquisition from the Patriots, but that's not surprising for a player going from the top of the league to the bottom. Still only 27, Collins is a versatile playmaker, and has been durable. He would be a nice building block for a team in the middle of a total reset.
Jan 19 - 7:59 PM

Browns hired Jaguars DBs coach DeWayne Walker for the same position.

He'll be reunited with DC Gregg Williams, who he worked with in Washington from 2004-05. Walker had been with the Jaguars since 2013. The Browns are rebuilding their defensive coaching staff after cleaning house earlier this month.
Jan 13 - 4:56 PM

Browns fired DBs coach Louie Cioffi, ILBs coach Johnny Holland, OLBs coach Ryan Slowik, OL Hal Hunter and assistant DBs coach Cannon Matthews.

The Browns are cleaning house as they prepare to switch to a 4-3 front under new DC Gregg Williams. This is more turnover than coach Hue Jackson hinted he wanted, but hardly surprising for a team that just went 1-15.
Jan 10 - 3:37 PM

Browns CB Joe Haden underwent groin surgery.

He said the procedure "went great!" Haden was ineffective playing through two groin injuries this season, and he has been on a downward trend the last two years. He needs a healthy bounce-back season in 2017.
Jan 10 - 12:53 PM

Browns hired Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator.

The move had been rumored and is now official. Williams takes over for Ray Horton, who lasted just one season in Cleveland. Williams served as the Rams' DC for three seasons but wasn't going to be asked back following the departure of head coach Jeff Fisher. The Browns utilized a 3-4 scheme under Ray Horton but will likely move to a 4-3 with Williams at the helm. Cleveland allowed the second-most yards and the third-most points in 2016 while winning just one of `16 games.
Jan 8 - 11:19 AM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Browns will hire Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator.

Ray Horton is out as DC after only one season. Williams was unlikely to keep his job in Los Angeles under the team's new head coach (whoever it may be) and will now move cross-country to coach one of the league's worst defensive units. It will be interesting to see how the Browns configure their defense next season. They used a 3-4 scheme under Horton but Williams has traditionally coached 4-3 defenses.
Jan 7 - 9:10 PM

The Browns have offered their defensive coordinator position to Rams DC Gregg Williams.

Williams would take over for Ray Horton, who is being let go. The Browns have also reached out to former Broncos DC Wade Phillips. Williams is still employed by the Rams but maybe not for long as the next head coach will likely pick his own staff. Only the 49ers allowed more yards than Cleveland this year. Whoever the Browns end up hiring will have their work cut out for them.
Jan 6 - 5:03 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Rams' defensive coaching staff is hoping to keep their jobs if the team hires an offensive-minded head coach.

The defense is the least of the Rams' worries and is where all the talent resides on the team. DC Gregg Williams has led an aggressive, attacking unit the past few years, but one could argue it's also a very undisciplined group. The Rams finished 15th in team defense DVOA this season and No. 6 against the run. The problem the past couple years has been the defense getting worn down late in the season because the offense can't stay on the field.
Jan 6 - 10:05 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports "members of (Corey) Coleman's party may have been involved" in his alleged Dec. 31 altercation, but "not him."

Per reporter Mary Kay Cabot via a source, Coleman's friend and brother might have been involved. There's also reports that a video exists that will help clear the Browns receiver. Coleman has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
Jan 5 - 4:43 PM

Corey Coleman has been accused of "felonious assault" in a Dec. 31 incident.

Coleman is accused of rupturing another man's ear drum and giving him a concussion. Via his agent, Coleman has issued a blanket denial. "My client denies participating in this incident," Coleman's agent said. "He will fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities and looks forward to clearing his name from what has been alleged."
Jan 5 - 2:23 PM

Browns WR Corey Coleman's agent has issued a vague denial about an unknown incident.

Coleman's agent appears to be trying to get out in front of a story that's yet to break. "Unfortunately Corey Coleman's name has surfaced in a police report concerning an incident that occurred in the lobby of the apartment complex in which he lives," his agent said. "Corey, while aware of the incident, denies the allegations that have been made and looks forward to clearing his name." Stay tuned.
Jan 5 - 1:59 PM

Impending free agent Terrelle Pryor told his agents that he wants to remain in Cleveland.

"Despite the 1-15 record, I’m not worried about that," said Pryor. "I love this place. I love Cleveland. I love the fans here. It’s amazing." It's not the first time Pryor has professed his love for Cleveland, though he should draw interest from plenty of teams on the open market. Pryor's transition to wide receiver has gone swimmingly. He collected over 1,000 yards this year despite playing the final month with a finger injury. Regardless of where he ends up signing, Pryor should be a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts next summer.
Jan 3 - 11:33 AM

Browns OL Cameron Erving's knee injury will not require surgery.

Erving suffered an MCL injury in the season finale, but it looks like he avoided a serious issue. He should be ready for the offseason program, but the 2015 first-rounder is trending toward bust status. The Browns should give him a shot at tackle this offseason.
Jan 3 - 10:40 AM

Browns GM Sashi Brown said the team's goal is to lock up contract-year LB Jamie Collins and WR Terrelle Pryor without using the franchise tag.

Both would be huge re-signs for a Cleveland team otherwise low on talent, but Pryor and Collins are both young premier players who would be smart to test their market values. The Browns went out of their way to help Pryor transition to wide receiver and traded a third-round pick for Collins, but it's fair to wonder if either player wants to return to a perennial loser organization.
Jan 2 - 5:10 PM

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