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Monday
May112015

Browns Waive K Garrett Hartley

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns waived kicker Garrett Hartley, the team announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old Hartley took over kicking duties for the Browns late last season when the club released Billy Cundiff. In two games with Cleveland, he was three-for-three in field goals attempted.

Hartley spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Saints, where he converted on 81.2 percent of field goals attempted. He won a Super Bowl championship with New Orleans in the 2009 season.


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Saturday
May022015

DeVante Parker's Mother Happy Her Son Not Drafted by the Browns

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- While former Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker is happy to be an NFL player, his mother is especially happy he wasn't drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

Parker was selected 14th overall by the Miami Dophins. The Browns had the 12th and 19th overall selections in the first round.

"We didn't want him going to Cleveland," Raneca Parker told the Miami Herald on Friday. "They don't have a team, really, or a quarterback. I knew I didn't want the Cleveland Browns.

"I know the teams he could go to and the teams he couldn't go to," Raneca Parker added. "We were happy with the Miami Dolphins. He was very ecstatic. We're happy, we love the weather."

During his senior season at Louisville, Parker caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns.


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Friday
Apr172015

Browns' Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in Rehab

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A week after being released from a rehab treatment facility, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has issued a statement to the fans and to members of the Browns organization. 

"I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron," Manziel said. "The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect," the statement continues.  "I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process.

"I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it," Manziel concludes.

The team has been non-committal regarding Manziel's playing future, but he's expected to join the team for offseason workouts.


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Saturday
Apr112015

Manziel Released From Rehab

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Now that Johnny Manziel has likely finished rehabbing his personal life, he will attempt to do the same with his football career.

According to multiple media reports, Manziel has been released from rehab and will now return to the Browns for their offseason conditioning programs. ESPN first reported the story.

Manziel, 22, was more famous in his rookie season for his off-the-field activities than his feats on it.  He was photographed in a bathroom with a rolled-up dollar bill, readily admitted that he had numerous incidents of hard partying instead of working at his craft and even overslept for an injury treatment session after a night of drinking.

During Manziel's six quarters of game action he looked lost and proved ineffective, most notably in week 15 when the Bengals shut out the Browns 30-0 and he completed 10 of 18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions.

Currently, the Browns have Manziel and offseason addition Josh McCown at the top of the quarterback depth chart. Both players are expected to compete for the lead job when the team enters training camp, unless Cleveland adds a quarterback later this month in the draft.

 


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Monday
Apr062015

Browns' Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than one year after being dubbed the quarterback of the future, Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns may already be the quarterback of the past.

Before even entering the NFL, there were questions about Manziel's maturity and ability to be the face of the franchise. He did little to alleviate those concerns, according to All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas.

"I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being 'the man,' being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life," Thomas told ESPNCleveland.com.

"You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter. And I think he had a lot of time to reflect, I'm guessing, after the season was over by the comments he made in the media and by his actions, checking himself into rehab. ...I think those were really positive steps," Thomas added.

Manziel entered voluntary treatment as a result of his partying lifestyle back on Jan. 28.

In five games during his rookie season, Manziel completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards, two interceptions, and one total touchdown.


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Monday
Mar302015

Browns GM Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games

NFL(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season on Monday for sending text messages to team personnel during games in 2014. The league also fined Cleveland $250,000.

Farmer’s suspension will begin on the midnight of the Sunday before the Browns’ Week 1 contest and concludes following the team’s Week 4 game. During the ban, Farmer won’t be allowed to deal with team business or permitted to be at the team’s facilities or games.

“I respect the league’s decision and understand that there are consequences for my actions,” Farmer said in a statement. “Accountability is integral to what we are trying to build and as a leader I need to set the right example. I made a mistake and apologize to Jimmy Haslam, Mike Pettine, our entire organization and our fans for the ramifications. Learning is a big part of who I am and I will certainly be better from this situation.”

According to ESPN, Farmer texted an assistant coach and an unnamed team representative on the sideline that dealt with use of personnel and in-game strategy. 


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Tuesday
Mar242015

Report: Browns Expect Manziel to Return in April

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Browns are expecting Johnny Manziel to return to the organization for spring workouts, according to ESPN.

Manziel has been in rehab since January 28 to treat his abuse of alcohol as well as, "be a better family member, friend and teammate," according to a statement from his attorney on Feb. 3.

An exact date for Manziel's release was not provided. 

Competing with Manziel for the starting position will be Josh McCown, whom the team signed this offseason after one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown signed a three-year, $14 million contract.

The team is also exploring other options at quarterback. It was reported that the Browns offered one of their first-round picks to the Eagles after they acquired Sam Bradford from the Rams. The Browns are also potentially exploring a trade-up in the draft to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.


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Monday
Mar232015

Cleveland Browns the Front Runners for "Hard Knocks"

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(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns appear to be the next team to join the Hard Knocks reality series.

According to Vic Carruci of the Buffalo News, the Browns are the front runners to appear on the NFL's preseason documentary. Carruci is a former employee of the Browns.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine is no stranger to the series as he appeared in 2010 while defensive coordinator of the Jets, when New York gained acclaim for their role on the program.

Other teams that fall under mandatory consideration for the show include, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins.

Last season the Atlanta Falcons were the prominent focus of Hard Knocks.


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Thursday
Mar192015

Browns Add Dwayne Bowe

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on a two-year deal, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bowe visited Cleveland last week and had a productive meeting with the staff. He has a relationship with general manager Ray Farmer, who previously worked in Kansas City's personnel department.  

He finished his Chiefs career with 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns. He accomplished this despite playing with a collection of mostly journeyman quarterbacks and others who never established themselves in the NFL.

Bowe's best season was 2011, when he caught 81 passes for 1,159 yards and led the NFL with 15 receiving touchdowns.

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Tuesday
Mar172015

Browns Sign Cornerback Tramon Williams

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The impressive secondary of the Cleveland Browns just added another playmaker, as the team agreed on a contract with former Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.

"Tramon is a really good and consistent player," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "He has had success in this league because he's a pro's pro who believes great preparation leads to great performance. We are very happy to be able to sign a player of his caliber to our secondary."

Williams had spent his entire eight-year career with the Packers, but joins a Browns team that had three members of its secondary -- cornerback Joe Haden, safety Donte Whitner, and safety Tashaun Gipson -- make the Pro Bowl in 2014.

"It's going to be awesome. I'll be glad to join those guys and help those guys with whatever they need," Williams said in a statement. "I see where these guys are going and I think I can help them go to where they want to go. They had a great defense last year with a lot of young guys on the team. I'm a veteran guy and I hope I can take them to another level."

Williams has only missed one game during his career, and recorded 71 tackles in 2014.


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