Player News - Browns

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The Browns are expected to move on from free agent Isaiah Crowell.

This isn't surprising after the Browns passed on extending Crowell last year. Entering his age-25 season, Crowell should draw interest as an early-down committee back in power schemes. The Browns may look to replace Crowell with one of their two first-round picks.
Feb 23 - 7:05 PM

Browns LT Joe Thomas hopes to have a decision on his 2018 status by the start of free agency.

"Whether I’m going to come back or retire, I think, from their perspective, having a certain need going into free agency is important," Thomas said. The reality is, the Browns will need to know even sooner than that so they can begin planning for the future if Thomas hangs up his cleats. We doubt he will leave the Browns in a lurch.
Feb 20 - 6:29 PM

Ex-Redskins GM Scot McCloughan has joined the Browns as a personnel consultant for the upcoming draft.

This will be his first NFL assignment since being let go by the Redskins last March. McCloughan has an expansive background in scouting, having begun his career as an area scout for the Packers in 1994. The Browns have 12 picks in April's draft including six in the top 65.
Feb 4 - 10:14 AM

Contract-year LT Joe Thomas hinted he will not sign a new contract with the Browns.

Thomas has yet to decide if he will return for his 12th season, but he seemed to suggest 2018 will be his final year in Cleveland even if he decides to return. "No matter what I decide to do, this is the last year of my contract in Cleveland. I’m also 33 right now," Thomas said. "They need to be planning for somebody else pretty soon down the line whether it’s this year or next year." Thomas missed the first snaps of his career because of a triceps injury last season, but lingering back and knee issues are bigger concerns as he decides whether or not to continue his career. Even if he comes back, it is time for the Browns to start looking toward the future.
Jan 29 - 10:27 AM

Browns hired ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley as offensive coordinator.

It took Haley less than a week to resurface after the Steelers decided to let his contract run out. Haley comes with plenty of NFL experience, but he should have done more with the talent he had in Pittsburgh and the same could probably be said of his previous stint as the offensive coordinator in Arizona. Haley's play-calling was extremely suspect in Pittsburgh's Divisional Round loss to Jacksonville and his messy relationship with Ben Roethlisberger, which eventually led to his ouster, should be taken as a red flag. In Cleveland, Haley will be tasked with getting the most out of whatever quarterback the Browns end up drafting in April.
Jan 22 - 5:43 PM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "on the verge" of hiring former Steelers OC Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Haley was in "serious talks" with Cleveland and now it's only a matter of time until the two sides reach an agreement. Haley is slated to become the Browns' first offensive coordinator under coach Hue Jackson. The 50-year-old is coming off a successful six-year stint with Pittsburgh, though the Steelers passed on re-signing him due to his rocky relationship with Ben Roethlisberger.
Jan 22 - 4:27 PM

Former Steelers OC Todd Haley interviewed for the Browns' offensive coordinator job.

The two sides are in "serious talks," according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The Steelers decided not to renew Haley's contract after the season, possibly due to tension with Ben Roethlisberger. Hue Jackson served as both head coach and offensive coordinator in 2017, which predictably backfired as the Browns endured one of the worst seasons in NFL history. The Browns have also interviewed Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan and former Giants coach Ben McAdoo for their offensive coordinator opening.
Jan 21 - 12:31 PM

Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki reports ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley is interested in the Cardinals' offensive-coordinator job.

Haley, of course, was the Cardinals' OC in 2007 and 2008 and went to the Super Bowl with Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald before landing the Chiefs' head coach job in 2009. Haley still has a home in the area, but the Cardinals don't currently have a head coach. Some have mentioned Haley as an option for Arizona's head gig, but that looks like a serious long shot. Haley reportedly has a "few options" on the table but is "going to wait for the right opportunity."
Jan 19 - 11:32 AM

Browns LT Joe Thomas (triceps) expects to be cleared by July.

That means he should be ready for training camp if he decides to return for his 12th season, something the tackle says is still up in the air. "Had a lot of time to think and spend some time with the family, but not ready definitively to make a decision one way or the other just yet," Thomas said. "I think there are some days you go back and forth." Thomas added the triceps injury will not play a big role in his decision, but lingering back and knee issues could cause him to call it quits. Despite last year's struggles on offense, the Browns have the makings of a top-shelf offensive line, but the unit would take a massive hit if Thomas decides to hang 'em up.
Jan 18 - 9:41 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley is a candidate for the Jets' vacancy at offensive coordinator.

It seems like fate that the Jets would part ways with OC John Morton on the same day that the Steelers decided not to renew Haley's contract. Haley is familiar with head coach Todd Bowles, having worked with him when both were assistants to Bill Parcells in Dallas. The Browns, who are prepared to hire an OC for the first time under Hue Jackson, might also be an option for Haley.
Jan 17 - 7:12 PM

The Steelers will not bring back OC Todd Haley.

The writing was on the wall for this one. Both coach Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger reportedly butted heads with Haley, and the Steelers will let Haley walk now that his contract is up. There's no question he ran some of the most potent offenses in his six years calling plays for Pittsburgh, but the Steelers were never able to clear the final hurdles, failing to even win an AFC title with Haley. It's possible OL coach Mike Munchak will earn a promotion to OC after he turned down a second interview with the Cardinals for their head-coach job on Wednesday.
Jan 17 - 12:06 PM

On his radio show, Ben Roethlisberger hinted he wants Todd Haley to remain the offensive coordinator in 2018.

"The least amount of change the better," Roethlisberger said. "We don’t want to have big changes because we’re right there. We’re on the cusp." Ben went on to say the issues between he and Haley were "perceived as a bigger deal" than they were. Haley is not under contract for 2018, but these comments from Roethlisberger at least give him a shot to return.
Jan 16 - 11:20 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests there's a real possibility the Steelers move on from OC Todd Haley.

Haley does not have a contract for 2018, and his relationship with Ben Roethlisberger became increasingly fractured in 2017. One Steelers source told the Post-Gazette that one of the reasons Big Ben openly contemplated retirement was his failing rapport with Haley. The two "rarely talked along the sidelines," and "never huddled to discuss strategy" during games. Roethlisberger reportedly requested QBs coach Randy Fichtner to come down from the booth to create a game-day "buffer" between the quarterback and Pittsburgh's OC. Fichtner is reportedly a "strong candidate" to replace Haley if he isn't re-signed.
Jan 15 - 5:17 PM

Browns signed TE Gavin Escobar to a reserve/future contract.

A 2013 second-round pick by the Cowboys, Escobar is one of the many tight ends of the future Jason Witten has vanquished. Escobar spent training camp last year with the Chiefs before landing on the Ravens' roster for two games. He is a long-shot to crack the final 53 in Cleveland.
Jan 15 - 11:01 AM

Browns hired ex-Bengals OC Ken Zampese as QBs coach.

Zampese interviewed for the Browns' OC gig, but he'll instead coach quarterbacks. It's an important job in Cleveland, however, as the Browns are expected to use the No. 1 or 4 overall pick on a signal caller. Coach Hue Jackson needs to develop whoever that pick is, and Zampese is going to play a big part.
Jan 12 - 9:20 AM


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