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Report: Browns will pay Marcus Benard

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Browns defensive end Marcus Benard got lucky on Monday when he wrecked his three-wheel motorcycle into a guard rail, flew 241 feet through the air, and walked away with only a broken hand.

Benard has gotten even luckier, given that the Browns have decided to pay Benard the rest of his salary for the season.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns will pay Benard $370,000 while he is on the reserve/non-football injury list.  The team would have been within its rights to cut him off.

The decision becomes even more impressive in light of the fact that Benard potentially violated paragraph 2 of the Standard Player Contract by engaging in activities that “may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

Per Cabot, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that Benard still has a future with the team, even though his contract expires after this season.  Benard will surely be more inclined to stick around, given that the Browns have given him a $370,000 gift.

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24 Responses to “Report: Browns will pay Marcus Benard”
  1. dallasisgoingdowngary says: Oct 13, 2011 2:11 PM

    Hahaha, Hillis must have really pissed the wrong person off…

  2. trollhammer20 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:12 PM

    Darwin would not approve.

  3. citizenstrange says: Oct 13, 2011 2:14 PM

    flew 241 feet through the air,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That can’t be right. That’s practically like a fly ball to the warning track.

    Nobody travels 241 feet through the air and lives.

    Impossible.

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 13, 2011 2:18 PM

    Well at least it was a three wheel motorcycle! Racing it on the other hand….I wonder what his 40 time was the first 40 yards of flight after getting tossed off!

  5. gopakgo says: Oct 13, 2011 2:37 PM

    The Browns need to get their players to sign some sort of “no motorcycle” contract now after Winslow and Benard. Then again, maybe these guys just need to stop riding their bikes like a couple of morons.

  6. tinbender2000 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:43 PM

    citizenstrange says: Oct 13, 2011 2:14 PM

    flew 241 feet through the air,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That can’t be right. That’s practically like a fly ball to the warning track.

    Nobody travels 241 feet through the air and lives.

    Impossible.
    ——————————————————
    Two words. Evil . Kenevil.

  7. Kaz says: Oct 13, 2011 2:44 PM

    Somewhere Hillis just caught the flu…

  8. nesuperfan says: Oct 13, 2011 2:46 PM

    citizenstrange says:Oct 13, 2011 2:14 PM

    flew 241 feet through the air
    __________________________________

    Yeah, but did he stick the landing?

  9. Ricardo Grande says: Oct 13, 2011 3:04 PM

    Nice to know that you can always count on the chronically unemployed morons to comment during he day.

    Me? I just stopped in to say “hello.”

  10. talkintrashallday says: Oct 13, 2011 3:12 PM

    Hillis get strep throat and everybody gives him a hard time. Benard rides a motorcycle- which he shouldn’t have been riding in the first place, ends his season being stupid and gets a $370K gift? Only the Cleveland Clowns!

  11. iced107 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:16 PM

    flew 241 feet through the air,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That can’t be right. That’s practically like a fly ball to the warning track.

    Nobody travels 241 feet through the air and lives.

    Impossible.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    very possible..In fact if you look up the New Zealand Sky Diver who fell 10,000 feet and survived…broke a few bones but thats it.

  12. thetechnocrat says: Oct 13, 2011 3:18 PM

    I can’t remember if they paid that idiot Winslow after his situations too. Either way, they shouldn’t. He must be in their future plans since if he wasn’t they would’ve given him the “too bad so sad” routine.

  13. readysethike says: Oct 13, 2011 3:31 PM

    Maybe he slid 241 ft instead?

    Also who would kno his exact measurement if he did fly that high?

  14. bigdawgy54 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:02 PM

    241 feet!? Heck….that’s almost 80 yards!
    Put him on offense!!!!!!

  15. bigdawgy54 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:04 PM

    Now we have the West Coast Tricycle Offense!

  16. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Oct 13, 2011 4:52 PM

    thetechnocrat says:

    Yep the Browns did pay Winslow. They could have really stuck it to him based on the contract language but for whatever reason they were very kind and re-worked his contract to where he lost very little. Not sure why but the Browns have a soft spot for players that think concrete is their own personal slip n slide.

  17. marjax says: Oct 13, 2011 4:54 PM

    @readysethike It’s not 241 feet up from the ground. It’s 241 feet from the site of the collision to where he landed.

    It still sounds unfathomable. I wouldn’t be surprised if the details got mixed up. 241 feet in the air means he was airborne the whole time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was something more like his bike hit the wall, skidded along for most of the distance before toppling over, then he rolled a few more yards to equal 241 feet from impact. Hell, even being thrown 24 feet (let alone 240) would make me expect more than just a broken hand.

  18. fan70 says: Oct 13, 2011 5:05 PM

    Plenty of money for everybody but Hillis. Maybe he should have just held out at the start of the season, you can’t trust the Browns to do the right thing.

  19. upyoursnfu says: Oct 13, 2011 6:11 PM

    Cleveland, you’ll always be the Clowns

  20. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Oct 13, 2011 6:35 PM

    241 feet! By the time he stopped rolling his clothes were out of style.

  21. jessethegreat says: Oct 13, 2011 7:16 PM

    Still laughing at the “three wheel motorcycle”. My ex-father in law had one because his wife had his balls in a jar and wouldn’t allow a real bike. Call it like it is. It’s a TRICYCLE!

  22. civilwarfish says: Oct 13, 2011 9:21 PM

    The trike was a CanAm Spyder. Google it…its a bad ass vehicle. The reports here said he travelled 241 feet. The FLEW part has been incorporated as the story developed. I did see a drawing of the accident on the news and he went a good way. He’ a lucky man.

    He is also a free agent after this year and the Browns have plans for him…hes a good ballplayer…and I am sure that the essentially free ride this year, even though it wont be a fun ride…will be a consideration when he and his agent, Mr. Rosenhaus, start looking for the big money.

    Everybody knocks the Browns, and not without good reason, but this guy is one of several players that while not core, are central to the rebuilding plan that is making good progress.

    Good luck Marcus, I hope the recovery goes as well as it can.

  23. savannahrose44 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:53 PM

    No surprise Holmgren loves his motorcycle.

  24. savannahrose44 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:56 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Oct 13, 2011 2:14 PM
    flew 241 feet through the air,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That can’t be right. That’s practically like a fly ball to the warning track.

    Nobody travels 241 feet through the air and lives.

    Impossible.

    Um…not with today’s protection for motorcyclists. This kind of thing happens in motocross all the time and people walk away from it so you might want to reconsider what you believe to be impossible.

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