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"Several league sources" tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer that free agent CB Buster Skrine will be "highly sought after."

Skrine has maintained an open dialogue with the Browns, but is expected to reach free agency. Capable of manning both the slot and perimeter, Skrine is one of the highlights of an unappetizing corner market. Ideally, Skrine would remain in the slot, but he's still only 26 (in April). His game is projectable.
Feb 26 - 8:09 PM

The Browns may look to create salary cap room by releasing LE Phil Taylor or asking him to take a pay cut.

Taylor missed 11 games in 2014 and clearly isn't worth the $5.5 million he's scheduled to earn next season. Given his low ceiling, the Browns are more likely to part ways with Taylor than restructure his deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 22 - 12:27 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer doesn't expect the Browns to re-sign free agent NT Ahtyba Rubin.

Rubin was a major part of Cleveland's league-worst run defense last season. He also struggled to stay healthy, missing three games to ankle injuries. Rubin is unlikely to find guaranteed money beyond 2015 on the open market.
Feb 21 - 8:31 PM

Free agent QB Brian Hoyer wants to meet with Browns GM Ray Farmer before continuing contract negotiations.

Hoyer wants to know the results of the NFL's investigation into Farmer's game-day texting scandal. Hoyer is likely the subject of some of the texts, and he would like that information before making a decision. The Browns would like to trade for Rams QB Sam Bradford, but that is not going to happen. Hoyer may end up being Cleveland's best option.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 11:36 AM

Free agent CB Buster Skrine is believed to be seeking $6.5 million per year.

It would presumably be a tough price for the Browns to pay after they made Joe Haden a $12-plus million-per-year player last offseason. Skrine's asking price may be a bit aggressive, but we don't doubt he'll get paid as a versatile corner who can play man coverage. Skrine doesn't turn 26 until April.
Feb 20 - 12:18 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer said 2014 first-round pick Justin Gilbert was dealing with a "very personal" issue in his rookie season.

Farmer did not get into the specifics, but said he believed it could be resolved. "I think the player is in there," Farmer added. "I really do. I think he’s capable and credible." The No. 8 overall pick in last year's draft, Gilbert played just 373 snaps and was hurdled on the depth chart by UDFA K'Waun Williams.
Feb 19 - 8:50 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer admitted at the NFL Combine that he attempted to text playcalls in to the sidelines during 2014 games.

"Sometimes, the emotions get the best of you," was Farmer's explanation. The Browns will likely face league-imposed sanctions in the very near future. Farmer's foibles led directly to the departure of OC Kyle Shanahan. When combined with blowing first-round picks on Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, Farmer's first year as Browns GM was a rough one to be kind.
Feb 19 - 12:42 PM

Coach Mike Pettine says the Browns haven't closed the door yet on free agent Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer's relationship with the Browns has deteriorated since "TextGate," but Pettine is keeping his options open. He has to, as the Browns aren't high enough in the draft to land Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, and there is little quarterback talent in free agency. Sam Bradford and Jay Cutler will also be worth monitoring if either player becomes available in a trade.
Feb 19 - 10:39 AM

Coach Mike Pettine says the Browns are still looking to add talent at quarterback.

Pettine, who recently visited Johnny Manziel in rehab, said Manziel is "in a much better place now." Despite Manziel's improvement, Pettine still acknowledged that quarterback is "a position we're going to look to address." With Brian Hoyer and Josh McCown among the top free agent quarterbacks, Cleveland's margin for error is pretty slim. The Browns own the 12th pick in the draft, meaning they would likely have to trade up to select Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota.
Feb 19 - 8:24 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Alex Mack (broken fibula) is on schedule with his recovery.

Mack is four months removed from leg surgery and should be ready for spring workouts. The Browns plan to move him along slowly, but his status for training camp isn't in doubt. Mack played in five games prior to going down last year, grading out as PFF's 10th-rated center.
Feb 18 - 4:15 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said at the Combine that the Browns want to re-sign free agent CB Buster Skrine.

Skrine may have different plans as one of the top young corners on a weak cornerback market. The Browns already have well over $11 million per year committed to Joe Haden. Skrine may command $5-plus million annually.
Feb 18 - 4:12 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said at the Combine the Browns are open to re-signing free agent Jordan Cameron, but only at "the right price."

"It's being discussed," said Pettine. "Gotta be the right price." Browns beat writers don't expect Cameron to return, but the Browns aren't exactly overflowing with pass-catcher options. Of course, they don't have a quarterback either. Cleveland has a ways to go to build a competitive offense.
Feb 18 - 3:31 PM

Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo recently underwent shoulder surgery.

Mingo battled the shoulder issue all last season after initially hurting it during the summer. He still graded out as a top-15 3-4 outside linebacker at Pro Football Focus as a part-time player across 681 snaps. Mingo received especially strong marks in run defense. The No. 6 overall pick of the 2013 draft has seven sacks through two seasons. Cleveland would like to see improvement there.
Feb 18 - 3:18 PM

The Browns have yet to meet with free agent Brian Hoyer, and have begun "sniffing around" free agent Josh McCown.

Per ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, the Browns and Hoyer have begun "drifting apart." McCown would be a downgrade from Hoyer, and going to Cleveland almost certainly wouldn't be McCown's first choice. Even for as limited a talent as Hoyer is, he would still be the Browns' best quarterback option for 2015.
Feb 18 - 1:13 PM

The NFLPA has filed a non-injury grievance against the Browns for Josh Gordon's Week 17 suspension.

Gordon was suspended by the team for Week 17 after missing the Saturday walkthrough. The suspension had far-reaching consequences for him, as it meant he only played five games during the 2014 season -- and therefore didn't accrue a year toward free agency. This grievance will not have any effect on Gordon's 2015 status with the league -- he can't even apply to be reinstated until after the season.
Feb 17 - 10:05 AM


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