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Browns send message with demotion of Jerome Harrison

J. Harrison.jpgBrowns unsigned restricted free agent Jerome Harrison only skipped a few OTAs this offseason, but he may have lost his spot on the depth chart in the process.

Rookie running back Montario Hardesty ran with the first team offense at Browns practices when the media were allowed to watch Thursday. Harrison, who rushed for 561 yards in the final three games last season, is seeking a new contract.

Yes, it’s only early June and Harrison can get the job back.  But we can’t help but think the Browns are sending a message here, not only to Harrison, but to the unsigned restricted free agents that haven’t returned to the team yet.

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61 Responses to “Browns send message with demotion of Jerome Harrison”
  1. eradicator says: Jun 3, 2010 4:56 PM

    Great, everything’s falling in place for the Browns not to have a RB that exceeds 700 yards rushing in 2010.

  2. The Nasti says: Jun 3, 2010 5:01 PM

    zzz zzzzzzz zzz zzzzzzzzzzz

  3. craigja says: Jun 3, 2010 5:01 PM

    Love it and I’m a Browns fan! Note – if your team finished 5 – 11 nobody’s job is safe. I don’t care what Harrison did the last 4 games last year. The only players on this team that are “safe” are Joe Thomas and Joshua Cribbs. The rest of you, keep an eye on the Arena League, you may need a job!

  4. LexusBrian says: Jun 3, 2010 5:04 PM

    Since when are the Browns in a position to “send messages”?

  5. BrownsClown says: Jun 3, 2010 5:12 PM

    Reminds me of what happened to Braylon, ‘Hands of Stone”, Edwards last year.
    He showed up at camp but his hands didn’t.
    Now he be a JET!

  6. jibfest says: Jun 3, 2010 5:14 PM

    Craig don’t forget about starting quarterback Brady Quinn, that guys gonna be a winna!

  7. js136202 says: Jun 3, 2010 5:16 PM

    Anyone who pays any attention to the NFL knows that “star” RB’s come and go in this league, and any RB who thinks he’s a hot commodity might not be tomorrow. Jerome Harrison should try and duplicate last year this year so he has a leg to stand on in contract negotiations.
    With that being said, the Browns haven’t had a good fantasy football player in how many years? Ever since I made a personal rule to no longer have a Brown on my roster, my team has improved drastically.

  8. FlorioSucksBall says: Jun 3, 2010 5:19 PM

    Yeah, because the Browns should have just ran the practice with 10 players, no running backs. What did you expect them to do, dipshit.

  9. kristoff says: Jun 3, 2010 5:24 PM

    wait a minute!! so harrison didnt show up so they had someone else start in his place???ithought they would just play with a empty backfield!!!

  10. marjo says: Jun 3, 2010 5:27 PM

    Not a Browns fan, nor a Volunteer fan. Watched Hardesty play in half their games this season. The guy is a beast. He will win the job outright and start the season.
    Good draft pick by the stains.

  11. trickbunny says: Jun 3, 2010 5:30 PM

    The Nasti says:
    June 3, 2010 5:01 PM
    zzz zzzzzzz zzz zzzzzzzzzzz
    ————————————————–
    I know what you mean. I fall asleep every time I read the word “Bengals” anywhere.

  12. trickbunny says: Jun 3, 2010 5:32 PM

    LexusBrian says:
    June 3, 2010 5:04 PM
    Since when are the Browns in a position to “send messages”?
    ————————————————-
    Since an entirely new front office arrived and decided they want to turn things around.
    Any other stupid questions?

  13. nflisking says: Jun 3, 2010 5:34 PM

    This is a lame posting. I mean, who REALLY cares about the Brownies?
    Another 4 win season and a high draft pick yet again!

  14. fleet10 says: Jun 3, 2010 5:39 PM

    FlorioSucksBall…………exactly.

  15. Cambodian Breast Milk says: Jun 3, 2010 5:42 PM

    Browns Fans should hold out for a new contract.

  16. DB26 says: Jun 3, 2010 5:44 PM

    @LexusBrian says:
    June 3, 2010 5:04 PM
    Since when are the Browns in a position to “send messages”?
    ___________________________________
    Are you simple? A team that finished with a losing record in the last two seasons is in a perfect position to send a message. The message is: you may have done a little something, but not enough to make this TEAM a winner. And you are currently stating that you aren’t part of this TEAM, your part of yourself by holding out. Therefore, we are holding out on working over a new contract. Also, since you were an individualist rather than a TEAM PLAYER, you now will need to earn your spot back on the DC!
    Give me your address and I will send you a $1. This way, you can afford to buy a clue, moron!

  17. Cincinnasty says: Jun 3, 2010 5:49 PM

    Maybe they can find a good replacement on you tube…

  18. Youngstown Dan says: Jun 3, 2010 5:53 PM

    What Rosenthal neglected to mention was that Harrison has returned to practice and Montario was still running with the 1st team.

  19. Cincinnasty says: Jun 3, 2010 5:57 PM

    trickbunny says: June 3, 2010 5:32 PM
    LexusBrian says:
    June 3, 2010 5:04 PM
    Since when are the Browns in a position to “send messages”?
    ————————————————-
    Since an entirely new front office arrived and decided they want to turn things around.
    Any other stupid questions?
    __________
    What moves have that “new front office” made to make them ANY better at all this year? They haven’t done squat but draft a 3rd QB that won’t see the field for another three years and sign another that had a 59.4 QB rating and 18 int’s last year…

  20. fleet10 says: Jun 3, 2010 6:07 PM

    I don’t like the Patriots. Or the Cowboys. I hate the Steelers. Hate the Ravens. Do I go to everyone of those teams (or their respective players) posts to talk shat?? No.
    Because I follow the Browns, and like to read posts regarding them. But I don’t have the time, or energy (nor am I an enormous douche) to click on every Cowboys (or other aforementioned team), to say, “who cares”, or, “they suck”, or, “cheaters”, or, “criminals”, or, “rapists’”, etc.
    Stunningly, alot of you do have the time and energy to do just that……………(and are enormous douches)

  21. marktg30 says: Jun 3, 2010 6:08 PM

    Harrison is garbage.

  22. The Nasti says: Jun 3, 2010 6:09 PM

    trickbunny says:
    June 3, 2010 5:30 PM
    I know what you mean. I fall asleep every time I read the word “Bengals” anywhere.
    ————————————————–
    Awww, trickbrownie….be sure to take your adderall this season…especially on 10/3 & 12/19…when we sweep you, again.

  23. ppdoc13 says: Jun 3, 2010 6:10 PM

    Gosh! I guess I’ll have to sell my SB tickets. The Clowns may not make it there this year because they demoted James Harrsion.
    @DB26 – while you’re sending out money perhaps you can buy the Clowns a starting QB and a real defense.

  24. mawkus says: Jun 3, 2010 6:18 PM

    It was pretty cool to see some spark in the Browns offense last year via Harrison, but 3 games isn’t enough to demand a new contract. Prior to those 3 games, what had Jerome done? …exactly. Shit. It’d be awesome to see the Browns not totally suck ass, and it’d be even nicer to see them send a message that it’s a team sport. Why are there players that think a few good games merits a new, multi-million dollar contract? I admire those guys who deserve the money but will still bust their asses off to get it, no matter the circumstances. Gotta show you want it bad enough…

  25. Section731 says: Jun 3, 2010 6:38 PM

    The owners are banding together. You are seeing signs of it all over the league. Collusion, collusion, collusion. Running backs are a dime a dozen if you can find someone to block for them. No RB will get decent money anymore. The owners are setting a price. Draft them – use them up and get another one instead of giving them real money. Few RBs will see a decent second contract. They should hold out while in their prime and get what they can.

  26. JCompton says: Jun 3, 2010 6:47 PM

    trickbunny says: June 3, 2010 5:32 PM
    LexusBrian says:
    June 3, 2010 5:04 PM
    Since when are the Browns in a position to “send messages”?
    ————————————————-
    Since an entirely new front office arrived and decided they want to turn things around.
    Any other stupid questions?
    The Browns have a new front office every three years that comes in and wants to “turn stuff around” remember when Savage and Crennel came in? Every Browns fan i know was so pumped about that, and said the same stuff their saying now, 2 years and we will be in the playoffs now, our gm and coach know what they are doing. Every move Savage made was genius in the eyes of Browns fans, and now all the sudden they are saying Holmgram is cleaning up Savages mess. Im tired of hearing the same thing every three years from the Browns fans. Holmgrams a better coach than GM sorry guys.

  27. tobago says: Jun 3, 2010 7:12 PM

    good idea

  28. panteraphenomenon says: Jun 3, 2010 7:28 PM

    regardless of who they start they arent going to win more than 5 games.

  29. kosarsmyidol says: Jun 3, 2010 7:37 PM

    # marktg30 says: June 3, 2010 6:08 PM
    “Harrison is garbage.”
    Harrison rushed for 286 yards in one game, which places him third all-time. All he has done during his tenure in Cleveland is take advantage of every opportunity that has come his way. I hope they lock him up with a deal, even if they’re in love with Hardesty, as Hardesty’s injury history is troubling.
    Given that running backs have such short careers, I can’t help but feel that they’ve wasted the prime of his career by making him ride the bench for 3.5 years. Of course, he should have plenty of tread left.
    Meanwhile, Cribbs gets a new contract with 2 years left. I don’t understand.

  30. tickintimebomb says: Jun 3, 2010 7:54 PM

    For all of you non-Browns fans… it’s reeeaaaal tough to beat up on Browns fans isn’t it?
    “Im tired of hearing the same thing every three years from Browns fans…. blah, blah, blah”
    They know they haven’t had squat to cheer for yet they still show up and they still support through a decade of being served garbage.
    JCompton… why don’t you try not picking on the smallest kid in the playground and you won’t have to hear about their optimism. ASS!!

  31. NFL_Addict says: Jun 3, 2010 8:03 PM

    “JCompton says:
    June 3, 2010 6:47 PM
    The Browns have a new front office every three years that comes in and wants to “turn stuff around” remember when Savage and Crennel came in? Every Browns fan i know was so pumped about that, and said the same stuff their saying now, 2 years and we will be in the playoffs now, our gm and coach know what they are doing. Every move Savage made was genius in the eyes of Browns fans, and now all the sudden they are saying Holmgram is cleaning up Savages mess. Im tired of hearing the same thing every three years from the Browns fans. Holmgrams a better coach than GM sorry guys.”
    I can respect this argument. Much better response than “stains suck” or “who cares, browns are getting another high draft pick” (obv you care if you came to read the post…why would u check the link if u dont care lol)
    I also agree that holmgren would be much more effective as a coach but hopefully his eye is still spot on for QBs and his read is right on delhomme(pffff)… Lets go Browns!

  32. JoeSchmoe says: Jun 3, 2010 8:04 PM

    Is it really a demotion if Hardesty is the only friggin guy there to take the snaps? How is it sending a message? What were they gonna do, have the QB hand off to air until the coaches called for second teams to trot out onto the field?
    Dude, this is perhaps one of the weakest stretch articles I’ve ever read here.

  33. Slow Joe says: Jun 3, 2010 8:15 PM

    Isn’t demotion for lack of attendance to “voluntary” OTAs a violation of the CBA?

  34. bourbonsbest61 says: Jun 3, 2010 8:27 PM

    The Nasti says:
    June 3, 2010 6:09 PM
    trickbunny says:
    June 3, 2010 5:30 PM
    I know what you mean. I fall asleep every time I read the word “Bengals” anywhere.
    ————————————————–
    Awww, trickbrownie….be sure to take your adderall this season…especially on 10/3 & 12/19…when we sweep you, again.
    We? Are you on the field you douche? Weak. Have fun this disappointing season wearing your Houshmendzadeh jersey watching the games on your 13″ TV with 19 kids running around while people are getting shot on your street in Price Hill.

  35. Howboutdemcowboys says: Jun 3, 2010 8:38 PM

    # fleet10 says: June 3, 2010 6:07 PM
    I don’t like the Patriots. Or the Cowboys. I hate the Steelers. Hate the Ravens. Do I go to everyone of those teams (or their respective players) posts to talk shat?? No.
    Because I follow the Browns, and like to read posts regarding them. But I don’t have the time, or energy (nor am I an enormous douche) to click on every Cowboys (or other aforementioned team), to say, “who cares”, or, “they suck”, or, “cheaters”, or, “criminals”, or, “rapists’”, etc.
    Stunningly, alot of you do have the time and energy to do just that……………(and are enormous douches)
    ___________________________________
    You obviously do have the time since you know what everyone is saying under those posts.

  36. TheToolofTools says: Jun 3, 2010 8:41 PM

    We will find a way to screw everything up.
    This is Cleveland.
    The black hole of sports.
    Went to a Cleveland Gladiators AFL game this past weekend.
    Had a score with :14 left in the forth to put them up.
    The Chicago Rush went coast to coast on the return and won it.
    New and creative ways to loose hre in Cleveland is an art form.
    Sure… sit Harrison down and punish him.
    Cut the players that are not there while your at it.
    (they were only showcasing players under contract… i get it).
    By the way, the Browns spelled backwards is Snworb… don’t ever forget that.

  37. tdawg69 says: Jun 3, 2010 8:55 PM

    Cincinnasty says: June 3, 2010 5:57 PM
    __________
    What moves have that “new front office” made to make them ANY better at all this year? They haven’t done squat but draft a 3rd QB that won’t see the field for another three years and sign another that had a 59.4 QB rating and 18 int’s last year…
    How about adding a starting CB from the Eagles, a starting LB from the Super Bowl champs, a QB who has had 1 bad year in the last 10, a TE from the Patriots, another LB from the Eagles, a starting right tackle. Please, dumb ass. At least try reading a little bit before you show your stupidity. For a fan of a team that has never won shit, you talk a lot of it.

  38. shadowflames43 says: Jun 3, 2010 8:57 PM

    You can’t be cut for not showing up, I imagine, but you can’t fault a team from having another player take first team snaps.

  39. Dixon29 says: Jun 3, 2010 9:10 PM

    No message. Everyone needs to be familiar with each other, that is all this is.

  40. FumbleNuts says: Jun 3, 2010 9:27 PM

    Not a browns fan but… Montario Hardesty should be the featured back this season. Dude has game.

  41. highjak78 says: Jun 3, 2010 9:44 PM

    @Tdawg69 -
    Thank you for pointing out the many additions the new front office has made. They also added a top ten pick at CB and a top 2nd rnd. pick at safety, were they had a WR playing at the end of last season. Those moves, along with the Sheldon Brown trade, the veteran LBs, and the development of the young LBs, should make the defense much better. As for Hardesty taking 1st team reps – someone has to, and from what I’ve seen of this guy that’s not a bad thing at all – he runs just like Thomas Jones.

  42. Raven Maniac says: Jun 3, 2010 10:18 PM

    fleet10:
    We’re all sorry. We will stop picking on you bc we know it hurts your feelings and it’s not your fault your football team is terrible… people like you whining about ‘its not very nice to pick on the weak’ are the reason dodgeball was taken out of public school systems… man up, grow a pair, and defend your boys instead of whining!!

  43. BLeedGreeN4Life says: Jun 3, 2010 10:20 PM

    And this is why the Browns suck..

  44. AutumnWind999 says: Jun 3, 2010 11:07 PM

    Hardesty is going to be a player. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if he emerges as the best RB of this draft class. Browns should have a good 1-2 punch in Hardesty and Harrison.

  45. wahoobob says: Jun 3, 2010 11:08 PM

    OMG! What a development! This news is incredible…a smallish but highly effective RB in the last few games of an awful season doesn’t get to play with the first team in a June OTA and the team is actually looking at their 2nd Round Draft Pick instead! Could his future be over with the Browns? What about his contract?
    Oh, I’m afraid I must lie down for a bit….

  46. prophet of the light says: Jun 3, 2010 11:12 PM

    Hardesty is a good running back. I wouldn’t count on Harrison getting his spot back.

  47. Jabberwocky says: Jun 3, 2010 11:33 PM

    Brownsfn- where are you dude? What, you only comment on how the Bears and Cutler suck? Let’s see….your Browns can’t even sign their best player! Who’s organization sucks now? Four words…zero Super Bowl appearances and one playoff appearance in the last eleven seasons.

  48. covercorner7 says: Jun 4, 2010 12:06 AM

    I want a homemade dirty brown towel!

  49. Otto Graham says: Jun 4, 2010 12:20 AM

    fleet10 got your back, Stillers are nothing but criminals and Ravens are murders. Cinci ? Really even have to go there lol ?

  50. Laxer37 says: Jun 4, 2010 12:28 AM

    You can’t even begin to question this move.
    The Browns have demonstrated nothing short of genius in their personell decisions over the years.

  51. OLDCRACKER says: Jun 4, 2010 12:32 AM

    How many of you would show up on your “off” days to do extra work for no extra pay? And, if you did, I’m sure your coworkers would have special names for you. “That’s his ‘Oh, oh, oh look.’” Get my drift?
    While it may behoove you to attend, these workouts are voluntary…end of story.

  52. Chris says: Jun 4, 2010 2:53 AM

    pay the man, he ran hard for you last few games last year
    hardesty is aight, i mean he did ok for a guy who had to play under Lane Kiffins 10 play offense

  53. Steve W. says: Jun 4, 2010 4:23 AM

    I think it’s funny people saying Harrison shouldn’t be holding out of OTAs to make a point about getting an extension because of how the team did last season. Two points. First, all of the camps so far have been voluntary. Demoting a player because he chose to not volunteer is just dumb. That’s like fining someone for not donating to the salvation army. Secondly, that nice run they had at the end of the season just happened to coincide with Harrison starting at RB and performing well on the field. So, while the team didn’t do much last season, they obviously did much better when Jerome was the starting RB. So, exactly what message are they sending…we’re willing to cut off our nose to spite our face? You don’t always redo every contract every time a player shows his talent, but Harrison wasn’t a highly drafted player, meaning that he’s probably not making a whole lot. If a player like that steps in, performs at a high level, and takes over the job, you do a new contract to reflect his change in status.

  54. tdawg69 says: Jun 4, 2010 7:42 AM

    Hey raven maniac,
    Maybe since your baseball team sucks ass, Baltimore can jack another cities baseball team, too? Maybe Irsay will move the Orioles to Indy and you guys can drop your pants again and bribe your way into getting the Mariners or something?
    Face it, B-More, you wouldn’t have a team if you hadn’t jacked Cleveland’s, and the genius behind your team, who makes all the calls, is in the hall of fame in a Browns uni….
    Now, go get your shine box, boy!

  55. nohio says: Jun 4, 2010 12:31 PM

    @propheteer says:
    June 3, 2010 11:33 PM
    Four words…zero Super Bowl appearances and one playoff appearance in the last eleven seasons
    That’s 13 words you stooge.
    Not quite sure what that has to do with this coming season.

  56. Teblow Fever! says: Jun 4, 2010 12:57 PM

    @js136202
    I won the superbowl starting Harrison last year. Watson is probably the other Brown I would draft this year late.

  57. kelevra says: Jun 4, 2010 7:15 PM

    “Since when are the Browns in a position to “send messages”?”
    Since the birth of the franchise…I don’t quite understand your point, you approve of the notion that the inmates should run the asylum?
    EVERY NFL franchise should ALWAYS be in position to “send messages”. Especially when it comes to players trying to throw their weight around after half-assing it during previous camps/practices and only four games of proven play.

  58. kelevra says: Jun 4, 2010 7:26 PM

    “Holmgrams a better coach than GM sorry guys.”
    Well, it’s a good thing that Heckert is our GM then isn’t it?

  59. Jabberwocky says: Jun 5, 2010 12:10 PM

    @nohio- you’re right it’s more than four words. I was on a roll, and felt obligated to point out to Brownsfn that he shouldn’t talk crap about another team when his favorite team has consistenty sucked for years. He constantly posts idiotic comments on Bears stories without offering much insight. I have to remind him that the Bears have at least made a SB appearance and won the division a few times in the past eight years.

  60. J-Lamont says: Jun 6, 2010 2:25 AM

    My question is this, Did Jerome Harrison not get the memo that when Jamal Lewis tried to play hardball he got outright cut from the team ?(said he was going to retire when the team was horrible but changed his mind when the guys that took his spot outplayed him and lead to 4 straight wins)
    They drafted James Davis last year correct?
    They drafted Hardesty this year right?
    They traded for Peyton Hillis this off season as well, and got Chris Jennings from a bar and still have Cribbs and Wallace who can also play that spot.
    To me it seems, Harrison doesn’t have a leg to stand on in those negotiations.

  61. BigDaaDee says: Jun 6, 2010 5:27 AM

    Again all I hear are a bunch of NO WOMEN getting let me invade another team’s blog bunch of pussies. You know nothing about football; you speak a lot of unsolicited rhetoric just because you need attention and bad attention is still attention. Some of us come to OUR TEAMS website to get insight from true knowledgeable Brown’s fans and all wet get are a bunch of messages from cats that can’t spell and wine like they know football or gay ass cats that have nothing better to do than visit other teams sites to try in start a fire. I have middle schools children that don’t do dumb shyt like that.
    This site is called PRO FOOTBALL TALK
    So True Brown’s Fans:
    Harrison, Davis, Hardesty and Hillis will be dominate, Delhomme will keep the seat warm and play great this season since he will be protected we just need him to teach these young receviers how to play from a QB’s perspective.
    DAWG POUND FOR LIFE!

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