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Browns GM Ray Farmer has been suspended four games without pay for illegal gameday texting.

After an investigation, the NFL has deemed that Farmer acted as a lone gunman when he attempted to text playcalls to the sidelines during 2014 games. So they haven't lost a draft pick, but have been fined $250,000 and will have to go at it without Farmer for the first month of 2015. He won't even be allowed in the team facility, although that may be a good thing. In Farmer's first year as an NFL GM, he blew two first-round draft picks (Johnny Manziel, Justin Gilbert), chased talented OC Kyle Shanahan away and assembled bottom-barrel offensive talent.
Mar 30 - 12:03 PM

The Browns are not expected to lose a draft pick for Text-gate.

Browns GM Ray Farmer admitted that he attempted to text playcalls to the sidelines during 2014 games. Somehow, the Browns are getting off easy as punishment will be levied mostly against the GM himself and not the team. Farmer's first year as an NFL GM was nothing short of a train wreck, with this texting scandal the cherry on top. Expect the franchise to be fined heavily as well.
Mar 30 - 11:02 AM

Browns C Alex Mack (broken fibula) will participate in the team's offseason program.

Mack is five months removed from leg surgery. He's expected to be limited during spring workouts. One of the best centers in the league, Cleveland averaged just 91 rush yards per game after Mack went down. Mack is signed through 2018, but can void his final three years after this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 8:38 PM

Phil Taylor is currently penciled as the Browns’ starting nose tackle.

Taylor played three-technique his first year in Mike Pettine's scheme. With Cleveland moving on from Ahtyba Rubin, Taylor will move back inside. Randy Starks is the favorite to replace Taylor at left end and should start opposite Desmond Bryant. 26-year-old Taylor is owed $5.5 million in the final year of his contract.
Source: browns.com
Mar 25 - 4:22 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine confirms the team expects Johnny Manziel to participate in the offseason program.

Manziel has been in rehab since January 28. "When he is back, it will be full speed ahead for him," Pettine said. "I think he's very anxious at this point." The Browns have worked desperately to bring in competition for Manziel, but have thus far only managed Josh McCown. Although the team appears ready to move on, Manziel is in the mix for the 2015 starting job as things stand now.
Mar 24 - 5:57 PM

The Browns have informed NFL Films and HBO they don't want to be featured on Hard Knocks.

The Browns wisely don't want to expose Johnny Manziel and their wayward program to further public scrutiny. "When we decided not to volunteer for 'Hard Knocks,' we discussed everything that was involved with it," said coach Mike Pettine, who was with the Jets when they did the show in 2010. "[Manziel] is certainly something we needed to consider." The Browns could still be forced to do the series, but NFL Films prefers that a team volunteers.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 12:57 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said DE Armonty Bryant could play some outside linebacker this season.

Bryant's 2014 season came to an end after suffering a torn ACL in Week 6. Pettine wants Bryant to be in the "pass-rush mix" when he returns to full strength. Pettine also confirmed Phil Taylor's move from a three-technique defensive end to nose tackle. Ishmaa'ily Kitchen will join him on the inside.
Mar 24 - 12:29 PM

Dwayne Bowe's two-year contract with the Browns is worth $12.5 million with $9 million guaranteed and a $3.5 million signing bonus.

Bowe's 2015 base salary of $2.65 million is fully guaranteed, while $2.85 million of Bowe's 2016 salary ($6.15 million) is also guaranteed. It's a surprisingly aggressive contract for a wide receiver going on age 31 who many seem to believe is nearing the end of the line. Browns GM Ray Farmer clearly disagrees. Bowe should be locked in as Cleveland's No. 1 receiver this year.
Mar 24 - 10:08 AM

A source tells ESPN the Browns expect Johnny Manziel to participate in the offseason workouts that begin April 20.

Manziel, the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 draft, checked himself into a rehab facility on Jan. 28. He's expected to be released in early April, at which point he'll engage Josh McCown in a battle for the starting gig. A big step for Manziel will be to actually learn the plays, as he looked completely lost in his two rookie starts.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 8:18 AM

Brian Hartline is expected to start even if the Browns use a high draft pick on a receiver.

Bridge quarterback Josh McCown will have Dwayne Bowe and Hartline on the outside with Andrew Hawkins in the slot. It's not a recipe for fantasy production. The erratic McCown has only had success with Marc Trestman and Hartline has scored 12 touchdowns in 69 career NFL starts. The Browns, who selected zero wideouts last year in arguably the greatest WR class ever, would do well to get with the program this year. The 2015 wideout class is strong once again.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 23 - 11:31 AM

Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News is hearing the Browns are the "front-runner" to be featured on HBO's 2015 Hard Knocks series.

This would be a doozy. The Browns have reached a new low in terms of organizational dysfunction under (accused) federal criminal Jimmy Haslam, drafting Johnny Manziel per the owner's orders and also whiffing (so far) on No. 8 overall pick Justin Gilbert. Manziel has been in rehab for more than six weeks. GM Ray Farmer proved in well above his head in his first year on the job, illegally text messaging the Browns' sideline during 2014 games. The dysfunction led to OC Kyle Shanahan essentially quitting after the season. Currently, the Browns have easily the NFL's worst offensive depth chart. The Browns opening their doors to HBO's cameras would give the world a real chance to see what a perennial loser looks like, and why bad teams in the NFL tend to stay bad.
Mar 22 - 8:14 PM

Browns OT Michael Bowie (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Bowie was claimed on waivers in August and missed the entire year to shoulder surgery. He graded as a top-15 run blocker by PFF over nine 2013 starts. Bowie played right tackle in Seattle, but could move to guard when healthy.
Mar 21 - 9:06 PM

ESPN Cleveland considers C Alex Mack a candidate for a contract extension.

Mack is signed through 2018, but can void the final three years of his deal after this season. He's expected to be ready for OTAs after missing most of 2014 with a broken fibula. Coming off a major injury, the Browns could extend Mack when his value is at its lowest.
Mar 21 - 8:47 PM

The Browns are expected to explore a long-term deal with restricted free agent FS Tashaun Gipson.

Gipson currently has a second-round tender from the Browns, but is a candidate for an extension coming off his breakout 2014. Prior to missing the final five games with a knee injury, Gipson established himself as a playmaker in Cleveland's secondary. Gipson was a top-10 safety in PFF's year-end ratings and finished behind only Glover Quin with six interceptions.
Mar 21 - 7:14 PM

Browns agreed to terms with WR Dwayne Bowe, formerly of the Chiefs, to a two-year contract.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Bowe was one of the Browns' "top offseason priorities." Going on 31 — and coming off a zero-touchdown season — Bowe will slot in outside opposite Brian Hartline, with Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel working the middle of the field. Arch-conservative QB Alex Smith helped depress Bowe's numbers in Kansas City, but it's not as if Josh McCown is going to be a boon for his box scores. Bowe still has something left in the tank, but his fantasy difference-making days are long gone. In 2014, Browns top receivers Bowe, Hartline, and Hawkins combined for four touchdowns on 162 catches. Browns K Garrett Hartley is headed for a record-breaking year.
Mar 19 - 1:45 PM


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