Miles Austin - WRPosted 3/31/15 11:08am ET
Free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, March 30. The deal is worth $2.3 million with $700,000 available in incentives, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Is Austin capable of filling the Jeremy Maclin role in Chip Kelly's offense? Looks like he'll at least get a shot. If he's still holding that gig the third week in August, you can start making some fantasy noise about him; until then, he's a low-end option.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 3/31/15 7:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe, who had zero touchdowns in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs, vows to be more productive with his new team in 2015. He said he has plans of 'going back to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010' when he scored 15 touchdowns in a breakout season. Bowe said the Browns plan to use him more downfield.
Huddle Up: In the four years since, Bowe has caught only 13 TDs. Additionally, he hasn't topped 801 receiving yards since 2012 and has dropped 31 passes in the last four years. Depending what the Browns do in the draft, Bowe could enter the season as the team's No. 1 WR, but that certainly doesn't guarantee top-30 fantasy wideout production given his spotty track record and the Browns' QB situation.
Garrett Hartley - PKPosted 3/25/15 10:58am ET
The Cleveland Browns may draft a kicker at the next NFL Draft in April. The kicking team currently includes K's Garrett Hartley, Travis Coons, and Carey Spear.
Huddle Up: Hartley would be the name you might recognize of that group, though the Browns offense has some proving to do before fantasy owners trust whomever their kicker might be to be a regular contributor.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 3/24/15 2:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is expected back with the team for offseason workouts April 20 after completing more than two months of treatment.
Huddle Up: Hopefully, Johnny Football can now focus on football, and he's going need to all the work, prep and reps he can get with the Browns already signing veteran Josh McCown and hinting that they'll draft another QB in a month.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 3/14/15 1:11am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is still in inpatient rehab, but he is likely at the point where he can leave the facility for brief stints. Earlier reports said that he had left the facility.
Huddle Up: We haven't seen any party tweets or Vegas Facebook photos of late from Johnny Football so he still might be busy getting his off-field act together.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 3/13/15 12:57am ET
Free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) has signed with the Miami Dolphins, the team announced Thursday, March 12. Cameron signed a two-year deal worth $15 million, according to an ESPN report.
Huddle Up: The signing capped an eventful news day for Cameron, after an earlier report had him re-signing with the Browns. Cameron exploded for an 80-917-7 season in 2013, but slipped all the way to 24-424-2 last year after missing six games with concussion and shoulder issues. The Dolphins also still have TE Charles Clay, who is signed to the one-year transition tag, but he has been receiving interest from the Bills, and ironically, the Browns.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 3/12/15 8:08pm ET
Free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) re-signed with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, March 12, for two years and $15 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Fairly big surprise here as Cameron was regarded to be all but gone in Cleveland after suffering three concussions in three years. Still, the Browns also visited with free-agent TE Charles Clay, who's under a transition tag with the Dolphins, and look to have come to the conclusion that keeping Cameron was their best TE move after all.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 3/12/15 8:30pm ET
Free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) is reportedly in negotiations with the Miami Dolphins. It was originally reported that Cameron had re-signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: More free-agent craziness as it sounds like a false report leaked. In any case, it could essentially shape up to be a swap of TEs as Dophins' free agent Charles Clay was visiting Cleveland on Thursday. Stay tuned ...
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 3/11/15 9:36am ET
The Miami Dolphins will host free-agent TE Jordan Cameron (Browns) Wednesday, March 11, barring him getting a quick deal elsewhere.
Huddle Up: Cameron is the Dolphins' back-up plan should another team--say, the Bills--make an offer to transition-tagged Charles Clay that Miami is unable to match. Either way, looks like the Dolphins are planning on a talented pass-catching tight end to pick up the slack left by the departure of much of the team's wide receiving corps.
Miles Austin - WRPosted 3/10/15 1:59pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Miles Austin is unlikely to re-sign with the team after the Browns signed WR Brian Hartline on Monday, March 9. Hartline is basically a younger version of Austin.
Huddle Up: Even with the addition of Hartline, the Browns don't exactly have an overabundance of WR options, but apparently one season was enough with the 30-year-old Austin, who had 47 catches for 568 yards and two TDs this past year.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 3/9/15 12:14pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer is going to sign with the Houston Texans, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Not at all surprising for the former Patriots backup to be reunited with a former Patriots coach. Hoyer could be the Texans' bridge solution while they develop Tom Savage (or draft another developmental signal-caller this season), or he could wind up competing with Ryan Mallet should the Texans choose to bring back Mallet for another look this year.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 3/3/15 6:43pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel needs to have an obsession with football, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. 'It's truly a lifestyle to be an NFL quarterback,' DeFilippo said. 'It's not just a job. It's all-consuming. You need to sleep, eat, do everything fast and just think about football all the time.'
Huddle Up: Manziel has some personal issues to get under control first, but once that happens if he is to find NFL success he'll certainly need to be more devoted to his craft than he demonstrated in his rookie season.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 2/23/15 1:41am ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent TE Jordan Cameron is not expected to be re-signed by the team.
Huddle Up: Cameron had 80 catches for 917 yards and 7 TDs in 2013 but has totaled 50 grabs for 683 yards and 3 scores over his other three seasons in Cleveland, and it looks like the TE will be wearing a new uniform next season. Cameron's concussion history will be the biggest stumbling block, but there will be more than a few TE-needy teams willing to take on the risk.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is making progress during his time at a rehabilitation facility and head coach Mike Pettine said the team is proud of the progress he's making.
Huddle Up: Perhaps if Manziel can get his off-the-field life in order it will help him shape up his on-the-field act as well. The Browns are still in need of a quarterback, and the former first-round pick has an opportunity with Brian Hoyer a free agent.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/17/15 8:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's one-game suspension late last season prompted the NFLPA to file a non-injury grievance on his behalf Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Huddle Up: The NFLPA has Gordon's back, but it's basically a classic rearrangement of the Titanic deck chairs as the receiver obviously has larger disciplinary issues to worry about.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 2/12/15 1:20pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel still has the support of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. 'I think it's way too early to give up on Johnny,'Haslam told the team's beat writers during a meeting. Haslam went on to say he applauds Manziel for seeking help and the team will do everything it can to support him for 'however long that takes.'
Huddle Up: While what we've seen on and off the field with Johnny F-Ball hasn't exactly been promising, you'd think the team which spent a first-round pick on Manziel is going to give him more than two rookie-season starts to prove himself on way or the other, provided he cleans up his off-field act.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/12/15 10:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon received support from team owner Jimmy Haslam, in an interview with Cleveland.com, Haslam was critical of Gordon's off-field behavior and hopes Gordon can get proper help during his suspension. When asked if the Browns would cut Gordon, Haslam said they have a year to decide, and the decision would be made 'at the proper time.'
Huddle Up: It's not the easiest of decisions to part with a 2012 supplemental second-round draft pick, but Gordon's continued issues and unavailability have more or less forced the hand of the Browns, who need to find playmakers they can trust and rely on.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 2/8/15 4:27pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer said all options are on the table as far as free agency and whether he'll return to Cleveland. Hoyer will become an unrestricted free agent this year, but Hoyer's agent has said that Hoyer could be re-signed and is scheduled to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.
Huddle Up: Hoyer, who will turn 30 next October, would join the likes of Mark Sanchez, Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett the top of a fairly weak QB free-agent class if he hits the market, but the Browns may decide to keep him around given the on- and off-field uncertainties surrounding Manziel.
Jordan Cameron - TEPosted 2/5/15 11:22pm ET
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent TE Jordan Cameron is not interested in re-signing with the team, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Browns haven't officially said as much, but the feeling seems to be mutual. Cameron has played in more than nine games in only one of his four seasons so far, and his history of concussions figures to temper his market value.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/4/15 12:15am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been suspended without pay for at least a year for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Gordon's suspension commences immediately.
Huddle Up: Johnny Manziel is getting another chance by entering rehab, but the franchise already has given Gordon the benefit of the doubt, and according to league sources, the troubled WR 'no longer factors into any plans,' and the team intends to pursue an impact wide receiver via the draft, trade or free agency.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 2/2/15 3:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has entered a treatment program, according to publicist Denise Michaels. Manziel is expected to be in rehab for at least a few weeks, but the amount of time he's there largely depends on what a doctor recommends, according to a source close to Manziel. Manziel is voluntarily entering treatment as a result of his lifestyle off the football field, and he wants to 'figure out his value system.' Nearly 20 Browns sources are on record that Manziel showed a yearlong pattern of a lack of commitment and preparation and a dedication to nightlife that affected his preparation. 'Johnny's his own worst enemy,' one source said.
Huddle Up: It's a positive step for Manziel both personally and professionally, though his reevaluating his value system doesn't necessarily mean he'll automatically become a good NFL quarterback. Looks like more drama to come in the Browns' OTAs.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 1/26/15 3:54pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon tested positive for alcohol, according to sources, and his failed test will subject him to a possible one-year suspension. Gordon caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games last year after leading the NFL with 1,646 yards in 14 games in 2013. Gordon is in Stage Three of an alcohol program, which requires him to be tested for alcohol for a minimum of two years. His failed drug test came after the end of the 2014 season, and it's unlikely that an appeal will work to eliminate or lessen a one-year ban for the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: Gordon was able to shorten a season-long ban last year, but he may have run out of second chances. Worse, for him at least, is that the suspension also pushes back his potential free agency--though the Browns may cut him loose anyway rather than wait a year and hope Gordon is finally able to stay clean.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 1/25/15 10:32pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test and will be subject to a 1-year banishment, according to multiple league sources. Gordon would be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to his looming suspension for another failed substance test.
Huddle Up: Gordon was iffy to return to the Browns in 2015 even before Sunday's news, and now it looks like he'll be headed straight to waivers with a trade no longer a realistic option. 25 years from now, we could be looking back at Gordon's spectacular 2013 season (87-1,646-9) as one of the greatest one-hit wonders of the era.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 1/23/15 3:52pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their team turned in the right direction. "We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed," Haslam said. "What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team." Haslam isn't ruling out Manziel being the starting quarterback in 2015, but he's leaving it open for other options, including QBs Brian Hoyer or Connor Shaw.
Huddle Up: The Browns used a first-round pick on Johnny FB and are going to need more than two starts and 35 regular-season passing attempts to accurately judge what they have. It's always tough with the Browns, but more patience is needed.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 1/22/15 4:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in John DeFilippo, but DeFilippo is unsure if the team's quarterback next year is currently on the roster. 'We're not sure if our starting quarterback's in the building right now or not,' DeFilippo said. 'If he is, that's great. If he's not, that's great, too. Whoever's in that room is going to be coached hard, be held accountable and be expected to do the things that we expect out of Cleveland Browns quarterbacks.' DeFilippo said that all Cleveland quarterbacks will begin the offseason with a clean slate.
Huddle Up: DeFilippo, who has been coaching the Raiders' QBs since 2012, is getting some of the credit for Derek Carr's successful rookie season in 2014 and now he'll be tasked with molding Manziel into a start-able NFL QB as the 2014 first-round pick doesn't look to be going anywhere soon.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 1/22/15 10:39pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be re-signed this offseason, according to his agent. Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.
Huddle Up: Hoyer is going to want to start and get paid as a starter, and if the Browns are only offering backup money while they see if they can make things work with Johnny Manziel, Hoyer likely will explore the market.
John DeFilippo - OCPosted 1/21/15 12:44pm ET
Former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo will be hired as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator. The deal has not officially been completed, but it's expected to be done by the end of the week, according to a source. DeFilippo hasn't called plays at the NFL level yet but did so at San Jose State.
Huddle Up: The Browns' fourth OC in as many years will elicit a giant "who?" from football fans. He'll inherit Johnny Manziel, maybe Brian Hoyer, a couple very good rookie running backs, and the headache that is Josh Gordon. Good luck with all that.
John DeFilippo - OCPosted 1/21/15 5:47pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could benefit from new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr. Carr said DeFilippo will do great with Manziel, adding that DeFilippo has worked with a running quarterback before in Kansas City Chiefs QB Terrelle Pryor.
Huddle Up: Addressing the Browns' quarterback issues will be DeFilippo's first order of business, and he comes with a ringing endorsement from Carr. The Browns may make the decision easier by opting not to re-sign free agent Brian Hoyer, but DeFilippo will still need to get much, much more out of Johnny Football than we saw this season.
Kyle Shanahan - OCPosted 1/7/15 3:26pm ET
The Oakland Raiders are interested in possibly hiring Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator, sources said Tuesday, Jan. 6. Shanahan will consider a lateral move in the offseason due to friction between coaches and the front offices, sources said.
Huddle Up: There are few situations where a move to the Raiders would be viewed as a step up, but in Oakland Shanahan would get a stable quarterback situation and some intriguing talent in Latavius Murray, Andre Holmes and Mychal Rivera.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 1/4/15 9:05am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon and CB Justin Gilbert officially had their suspensions lifted. The move was procedural, as this enabled the team to remove the two from the reserve/suspended list.
Huddle Up: Gordon has logged plenty of time on the suspended list, to the point that his years of service--and thus his ability to become a free agent--is in question. Tons of talent, but quarterback issues in Cleveland as well as Gordon's own issues are conspiring to keep him from having the same impact he had in 2013.
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