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Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) said he'll be "pretty close to all-go" for OTAs.

The Browns will hold Mingo back a bit during early offseason workouts, but he should be 100 percent for minicamp and training camp. Entering his third season, Mingo is a candidate to make a big leap with Jabaal Sheard now out of the picture. Mingo should rush the passer more in 2015.
Apr 15 - 9:05 AM

The Akron Beacon-Journal believes TE Rob Housler could be a big part of the Browns' offense.

Housler had interest from multiple teams, but reportedly signed with Cleveland "because of the opportunities he expects" in new OC John DeFilippo's scheme. The Browns plan to use Housler in a Jordan Cameron role, featuring him as a vertical threat in the middle of the field. With only Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline ahead of him for targets, Housler has potential to emerge as one of the Browns' top pass-catching options.
Apr 11 - 3:35 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports Johnny Manziel has been released from a drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Manziel spent more than two months in the treatment facility trying to get his life and career back on track. The former is obviously the most important, but the focus will now change to Manziel's murky future with the Browns. Cleveland appears to have moved on from last year's first-round pick. They actively pursued Sam Bradford this offseason, and are reportedly interested in trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. If Cleveland cannot land a quarterback before training camp, Manziel would compete with journeyman QB Josh McCown for the starting job. If his focus is fully on football, Manziel has the talent to win that battle.
Apr 11 - 11:43 AM

Browns signed TE Rob Housler to a one-year, $1.76 million contract.

The deal includes a $750,000 signing bonus. It's a nice low-risk, high-upside addition for a team looking to replace Jordan Cameron with some weaponry. Back at the 2011 Combine, Housler ran 4.55 with a 37-inch vertical at 6'5/248. He's been limited to 105 catches in the four years since and struggled badly with drops in 2013, but he was a terrible fit in Bruce Arians' TE-unfriendly scheme. Housler will have a much larger opportunity to capitalize on his athletic skill set in Cleveland, where there's no pass-catching tight end in front of him. He's been called a wideout in a tight end's body.
Apr 9 - 12:25 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Eagles are not interested in trading for Johnny Manziel.

A rumor hit the internets earlier this week that had the Eagles and Browns talking about a deal that would send Manziel plus draft picks to Philadelphia for Sam Bradford. Cole doesn't deny that the two teams have been talking, but says the discussions have centered around the Eagles wanting to acquire the Browns' first-round picks in an effort to move up in the draft for Marcus Mariota.
Apr 8 - 1:41 PM

Free agent TE Rob Housler is visiting the Browns on Wednesday.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported late last month that the sides had mutual interest in a deal, but Housler ended up visiting the Bengals first. He's also drawn interest from the Ravens and Falcons. The Browns have zero pass-catching talent at tight end, so Housler could be a priority.
Apr 7 - 7:38 PM

Browns LT Joe Thomas said he wouldn't be surprised if C Alex Mack opts out of his contract following this season.

Mack put an opt-out clause in his $42 million contract because he didn't want to be locked into the Browns' annual dysfunction. Things certainly haven't gotten better since he signed the contract a year ago. The Browns have blown two first-round picks, the GM has been suspended for illegal texting and the offensive coordinator has fled. Mack, the NFL's best center, could very well choose to leave it all behind and sign with a real franchise next March.
Apr 7 - 9:16 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the Browns have mostly "moved on" from Johnny Manziel.

Just one year after taking Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick, the Browns appear to be throwing in the towel. "When they were putting together half of a new offensive staff, Manziel’s name barely even came up in conversation," Mort said. SI's Peter King chimed in Monday, saying Mort's take is 100 percent accurate and that Josh McCown in the "dominant talking point" in the organization. Furthermore, it's been confirmed the Browns were (and may still be) trying to trade for Sam Bradford. Manziel is coming out of rehab and entering a steep climb on the depth chart.
Apr 6 - 9:30 AM

Johnny Manziel could be discharged from rehab as soon as this week.

Unsurprisingly, Manziel will be ready to make his way back into society just in time for OTAs. He has his work cut out for him if he's going to be the Browns' Week 1 starter. ESPN's Chris Mortensen thinks it's "about 90 percent" that the team has "moved on" from Manziel. And team leader Joe Thomas said the No. 22 overall pick from last year lost "a lot of trust among the guys on the team" by being ill-prepared to play late in his rookie season. Meanwhile, the Browns have added Josh McCown and wanted to trade for Sam Bradford.
Apr 6 - 7:12 AM

Free agent TE Rob Housler will visit the Bengals Thursday.

The Bengals and Ravens are in talks with Housler, who is expected to sign with a team by the end of the week. Housler would be a No. 2 tight end in Cincinnati behind Tyler Eifert. The Browns and Falcons also remain in the mix.
Apr 1 - 4:19 PM

New Browns WR Dwayne Bowe is confident he'll bounce back in 2015.

"Just sit back and watch," were Bowe's words. Bowe said he recently broke down film with Browns GM Ray Farmer, and believes Farmer's team knows how to utilize him. "(Farmer) was pulling up old plays, saying, 'We are going to use you just like that,'" Bowe said. "Moving around, going on motion, trying to hit the deep ball, trying to break plays." We don't share Bowe's optimism for a turn-back-the-clock 2015. Bowe escaped a lousy quarterback situation for an even-worse setup in Cleveland.
Mar 31 - 6:56 PM

XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki reports free agent Rob Housler is drawing interest from the Bengals as well as the Ravens, and would like to make a decision "by the end of the week."

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday morning that there was "mutual interest" between Baltimore and the ex-Cardinal. Housler offers legit receiving upside, but was inconsistent in a Cardinals offense that doesn't feature tight ends catching passes.
Mar 31 - 1:43 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports there's "mutual interest" between the Ravens and free agent Rob Housler.

The sides can't get on the same monetary page, but "are expected to keep talking in search of a financial compromise." Housler has plus-starter athleticism and the Ravens' only bankable tight end for 2015 is currently Crockett Gillmore. Still only 27 years old, Housler's fantasy outlook would get a big boost in Baltimore, where Marc Trestman will call plays and the wideout talent is suspect.
Mar 31 - 12:58 PM

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

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