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Asked to make a bold prediction on Monday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, I suggested that the Browns would resist the temptation to spend a bunch of cash and cap space to eradicate the stink of controversy after controversy after controversy in Cleveland.

I suggested wrong.

With linebacker Karlos Dansby reportedly agreeing to terms before the time for agreeing to terms has come and likewise doing the same for safety Donte Whitner, the Browns are spending plenty.  Especially if they’re anywhere to Whitner’s asking price, believed to be $8.5 million annually.

And they could spend more if they opt to trade for the contract of cornerback Darrelle Revis, who would be as close to home as possible without playing for the Steelers.

If they don’t get Revis, look for them to spend on someone else.

It would make much more football sense to wait, as to all these moves.  But football sense often doesn’t drive the decisions made in the early days of free agency.  In Cleveland, other concerns will be pushing the Browns’ effort to do a cannonball in the Cuyahoga.

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  1. clwb419 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:25 PM

    The CBA requires 89+% cap utilization over a rolling 4 year period. They have no choice but to start spending.

  2. seatt1ej0nes says: Mar 11, 2014 3:25 PM

    Spend spend spend…but you’ll never be able to get better than the greatest team in NFL history. #GOHAWKS #BOWDOWN

  3. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 11, 2014 3:26 PM

    Let’s review recent free agency champs and how it played out.

    2013: Miami Dolphins (Mike Wallace, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, Dustin Keller, Chris Clemons). Finished 8-8.

    2011: Philadelphia Eagles (Dream Team). Finished 8-8.

    2009: Washington Redskins (Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Deangelo Hall). Finished 8-8.

    I’m seeing a pattern here.

  4. tcostant says: Mar 11, 2014 3:26 PM

    Karlos Dansby seemed cheap compared to the numbers flying around earlier…

  5. andreboy1 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:26 PM

    No amount of money can change their destiny of constant losing.

  6. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 11, 2014 3:26 PM

    Let’s review recent free agency champs and how it played out.

    2013: Miami Dolphins (Mike Wallace, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, Dustin Keller, Chris Clemons). Finished 8-8.

    2011: Philadelphia Eagles (Dream Team). Finished 8-8.

    2009: Washington Redskins (Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Deangelo Hall). Finished 8-8.

    I’m seeing a pattern here.

  7. theallegedone says: Mar 11, 2014 3:26 PM

    And yet they have NO QUARTERBACK… NO RUNNING BACK… AND 1 CAPABLE PASS CATCHER. Hoping for some 9-6 victories I see.

  8. phillycannon says: Mar 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    im thinking the browns tend to forget that they dont have a offense AT ALL.

  9. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    Let’s review recent free agency champs and how it played out.

    2013: Miami Dolphins (Mike Wallace, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, Dustin Keller, Chris Clemons). Finished 8-8.

    2011: Philadelphia Eagles (Dream Team). Finished 8-8.

    2009: Washington Redskins (Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Deangelo Hall). Finished 8-8.

    I’m seeing a pattern here.

  10. theallegedone says: Mar 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    And yet they have NO QUARTERBACK… NO RUNNING BACK… AND 1 CAPABLE PASS CATCHER. Hoping for some 9-6 victories I see.

  11. r8rnuck says: Mar 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    not a browns hater by any means but the question remains even after big name acquisitions: is it a team? the browns seem to be repeating the history that was the raiders in the recent past with regards to players and management. the people of cleveland deserve better…except for that kidnapping guy. he was a prick

  12. keepongronking says: Mar 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    Revis + Haden+Byrd = Legion of boom 2.0

  13. hummer53 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:28 PM

    Gas just went up at the Flying J.

  14. knowerofallthings says: Mar 11, 2014 3:28 PM

    Love it! Bring in as many 30+ year old expensive guys as possible because we all know that’s how you build a winning team. #factoryofsadness

  15. ghost26 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    Mike,

    What is this franchise doing??? Dansby is going to turn 33 years old in November & they just gave him $14 Million in guaranteed money???

    Okay Cleveland–Before it was just comical now I actually feel bad for the fans.

  16. vegaskid21 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    So the browns are going to spend all the cap money, just to go 5-11

  17. sorosbolshevism says: Mar 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    The Factory of Sadness continues to overspend for average talent. Pretty soon the Browns will become an entity of the federal government!

  18. vegaskid21 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    So the browns are going to spend all the cap money, just to go 5-11

  19. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    Donte is from Cleveland. No surprise there.

  20. puckthefatriots says: Mar 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    And who is their Quarterback again?

  21. weepingjebus says: Mar 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    I feel for the Browns and their fans. I keep hoping that one of these years a bunch of no-name scrubs and undrafted free agents get together and pull off a deep playoff run. Just once. This is America, right?

  22. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Mar 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    Let’s review recent free agency champs and how it played out.

    2013: Miami Dolphins (Mike Wallace, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, Dustin Keller, Chris Clemons). Finished 8-8.

    2011: Philadelphia Eagles (Dream Team). Finished 8-8.

    2009: Washington Redskins (Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Deangelo Hall). Finished 8-8.

    I’m seeing a pattern here.

  23. outlawtrn1999 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    The old Dan Snyder way of buying a team. Let’s see if it plays out any differently this time…

  24. deerhuntinfool71 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    He’ll yea baby! I know it’s not always the way to build your team through free agency, but the browns have a lot of holes to fill. And that way with the ten picks in the draft fill some more holes and take the best player a avalible.!

  25. greendog311 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    If they get Revis, They will be a top 3 Defense this year!

  26. aaronfraudgers says: Mar 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    The Browns are building a stacked defense. It won’t take much for them to completely shut down the mediocre QBs in the AFC North.

  27. miriam45 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    Yeah – but how about those Vikings?

  28. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Mar 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    2013: Miami Dolphins (Mike Wallace, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, Dustin Keller, Chris Clemons). Finished 8-8.

    2011: Philadelphia Eagles (Dream Team). Finished 8-8.

    2009: Washington Redskins (Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Deangelo Hall). Finished 8-8.

    I’m seeing a pattern here.

  29. youtubeingravenvids says: Mar 11, 2014 3:32 PM

    They did this last year too and look what happened. But we’ll see.

  30. miriam45 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:33 PM

    Revis will destroy the Browns.

    How about those Vikings?

  31. We Win Super Bowls in Pittsburgh says: Mar 11, 2014 3:33 PM

    Moves of desperation.

  32. zeedoubleyou says: Mar 11, 2014 3:33 PM

    They’re trying to spend Haslem’s money before it can be used as evidence in a federal case.

  33. RussianBreadMaker says: Mar 11, 2014 3:33 PM

    QB? that would be my concern before all else.

  34. youtubeingravenvids says: Mar 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    Didn’t they do this same thing last year? And that turned out great!!

  35. scoops1 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    the 2014 Browns

    New Players….Same mediocre Season

  36. louiedogg16 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    When you suck at drafting, spend big in FA, that way you’re guaranteed to suck for years to come.

  37. eglsfan says: Mar 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    Dream team

  38. eglsfan says: Mar 11, 2014 3:35 PM

    Dream Team

  39. revischrist16 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:35 PM

    Teams that win Free Agency do not win the Superbowl.

  40. FlashPatterson says: Mar 11, 2014 3:35 PM

    That’ll show em Cleveland!

  41. reed20fence says: Mar 11, 2014 3:35 PM

    Wow. They really are the new Redskins aren’t they?

  42. jwe5824 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:35 PM

    So their defense will be better but what about their offense?

    Don’t they need a QB, RB, and #2 WR??

  43. kevpft says: Mar 11, 2014 3:36 PM

    Looks like a strong indication of a heavily offensive draft for Cleveland. Looks like an arrow pointing to the most “win now” QB as their first pick.

  44. saints12013 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:37 PM

    Good, its about time the Browns made som moves. I remember last year around this time every time I read something about a free agent it would immediately be followed by “the Browns are not actively pursuing them ” Now they should draft Watkins with that first pick to pair up with Gordon.

  45. mvp43 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:37 PM

    Don’t spend money just to spend it and think that will soothe rowns fans. They’re smarter than that…..

    Spend wisely, draftt good and resist the temptation or you’ll be in cap hell.

  46. rc33 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:37 PM

    ….cuz as we know, spending BIG in free agency is the way to build a winning ball club.

  47. jwe5824 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:37 PM

    So their defense will be better but what about their offense?

    Until they get a QB, this team will continue to be towards the bottom of the AFC.

  48. godofwine330 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:38 PM

    Wow, Rumormill is gridlocked. We got Whitner, Dansby. I feel like Transformers the Movie (from 1986). “You got the touch! You got the powerrrrrrr, YEAH!!!”

    Go Browns! Hope these moves work out.

  49. whatnojets says: Mar 11, 2014 3:38 PM

    How about them Browns! They are going to have a good run in 2014…..4-12 season here we come!!!

  50. number1hawkfan says: Mar 11, 2014 3:38 PM

    Is it coincidence that all the teams that “break the bank” in March never do anything in January? Funny how you never see playoff teams messing around with Revis or any of these other guys. You need a couple strong veteran leaders leading a bunch of young hungry guys to win in the NFL. If you think signing Revis to a deal is going to get you a Super Bowl think again. This is from a Seahawk fan that loves Richard Sherman but would gladly watch him walk when its time for his big payday. I’d rather keep Earl Thomas and let him lead some young hungry corners than pay Sherman what the bottom feeders have been paying Revis lately.

  51. crisper57 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:39 PM

    If the Browns are doing anything with any bank, you can bet the FBI and IRS won’t be far behind.

  52. jeanoroid says: Mar 11, 2014 3:39 PM

    Way to build through the draft Browns…

  53. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 11, 2014 3:39 PM

    Good luck to them, they’re due a change of luck. Anyone who hates the Browns needs to get out more.

  54. sdsmooth says: Mar 11, 2014 3:40 PM

    Other than the Minnesota Vikings … the Cleveland Browns are the worst run franchise in the NFL.

  55. obsession55 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:40 PM

    and they’ll still be a last place team next year..

  56. steelhammer92 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:40 PM

    How many times have these free agent spending sprees actually paid off for a team? Please.. Name one time.

  57. p31squared says: Mar 11, 2014 3:40 PM

    They’ll still stink.

  58. jayniner says: Mar 11, 2014 3:40 PM

    Anytime you want to stop throwing money at our Niners players would be greatly appreciated.

  59. isphet71 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:41 PM

    Until they back a Brinks truck up to a legitimate QB’s house, this is all meaningless.

  60. sdsmooth says: Mar 11, 2014 3:41 PM

    Other than the Minnesota Vikings … the Browns are the worst run franchise in the NFL.

  61. mundial8 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:41 PM

    And breaking my heart…year after year

  62. skins2357 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:42 PM

    Who cares? Their the Browns…

  63. studio26seattle says: Mar 11, 2014 3:42 PM

    Browns are trying to mimic the Seahawks formula. But they will come to find out it doesn’t just work for everyone. There is more to the system and drafting the right guys. Not just buying talent and throwing them together.

  64. kosarkid says: Mar 11, 2014 3:42 PM

    If the Browns would be slow to start free agency the article would rip the team as same old Browns. If the reports of Dansby and Whitmer are accurate, I’m on board… especially if Whitmer comes cheaper than Ward.

  65. geniusesq says: Mar 11, 2014 3:42 PM

    Still will be the Browns

  66. conormacleod says: Mar 11, 2014 3:42 PM

    Didn’t the Redskins purchase a bunch of hired guns one season? How’d that work out?

  67. blantoncollier says: Mar 11, 2014 3:43 PM

    Really? good football sense is to wait for the other teams in your division to improve and you sit back and take the crumbs?

    We tried that and didn’t work with Joe and Mike.

    Although I agree $16m for Revis is too much.

  68. chc4 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:43 PM

    All those defenders won’t matter w/o a QB. And I seriously doubt Manziel/Bortles/Bridgewater are solutions.

  69. clbrwns says: Mar 11, 2014 3:43 PM

    They have to spend it. I like Whitner over Ward. We need an LB. Use the draft for offense I guess. Browns fans we always wanted them to think big in FA. We have it now.

  70. dawgpoundjedi says: Mar 11, 2014 3:44 PM

    Still no news on Jairus Byrd.

    If we’re going to spend the money on Darrelle Revis, it seems like it would make more sense to give that (a lot less) to Byrd. He’s more of an impact player at this point, and he doesn’t come with NEARLY as much baggage and attitude as Revis does.

    I hope my Browns remember to keep a bunch of cap room to re-sign our core guys next year like Haden, Sheard, Taylor, etc.

  71. unconditionalpackersfan says: Mar 11, 2014 3:45 PM

    Poor Cleveland.

  72. braschjohn21 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:46 PM

    The funny thing about it is they can keep spending all this money in free agency and the team is still going to suck!!!

  73. bennyb82 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:46 PM

    Not a Browns fan but I would be intrigued to see Revis and Haden line up together.

  74. humpofdc says: Mar 11, 2014 3:47 PM

    I’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t turn out well.

  75. raiders85 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:47 PM

    Jackson is the same as dansby and whitner is an older slower tj ward not sure i follow the logic here

  76. hopelesslyoptimisticdallasfan says: Mar 11, 2014 3:48 PM

    Apparently a tiger can change its stripes. Welcome news for all Browns fans

  77. ramitbaby says: Mar 11, 2014 3:49 PM

    Winners in March = Losers in September.

  78. emmac13 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:49 PM

    They need to do something. Cap space and losing means no returning FA players. Mack and Ward don’t want back. Joe Thomas and DQ Jackson were vocal about displeasure. The fans are growing tired. They have to start winning. Only makes sense to be somewhat aggressive.

  79. drock36 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    Flushing money away…Kruger, Whitner and possibly Revis.

    The Hawks, they are not.

  80. hopelesslyoptimisticdallasfan says: Mar 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    Apparently a tiger can change its stripes. Good news for all Browns fans

  81. valentino8100 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    “It would make much more football sense to wait.”

    Wow; I agree with Florio for a change. With this kind of spending, one might think we were discussing a team on the cusp of greatness.

  82. mrbigass says: Mar 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    “Clink”

    That is the sound of handcuffs reserved for the owner which will be the cherry on top of the Factory of Sadness…….

  83. tjrogers09 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    Baltimore Fan here…I’m so curious as to why they are spending all the money to strengthen their defense when they have such a bad offense???

    Shouldn’t they focus on stacking up point scorers as well???

  84. macbull says: Mar 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    Don’t you think the Browns have been saving for next year, long enough?

    It might be moldy money…but it still spends the same…go Browns

  85. dvdman123 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    This is why the Browns are the Browns. You just to spend money to spend money.

  86. Kaz says: Mar 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    Just the “can’t get right Browns”. All those picks and they sell the farm in free agency. We’ve seen this act before in Tampa, Miami and Washington. And we’ve seen the results.

  87. kingokra says: Mar 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    First off, I know I’m late to this party, but “factory of sadness” is frickin hilarious! If they get Revis signed in addition to Dansby and Whitner, however, it’s going to be a factory of a pretty good defense. I’m pulling for you Brownies!

  88. chiphi50708 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    Wow! As disfunctional as the Browns are with no winning season in sight, you can tell what these free agent players are all about.

  89. macbull says: Mar 11, 2014 3:52 PM

    Don’t you think the Browns have been saving for next year, long enough?

    It might be moldy money…but it still spends the same…go Browns

  90. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2014 3:52 PM

    I have pulled for the Browns to do well for quite a while, kind of my AFC team. Id like to see them draft well to turn it around, but they are trying to fix it quicker, but who can blame them.

    It appears they are putting an emphasis on defense, which is a good start.

  91. dvdman123 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:52 PM

    This is why the Browns are the Browns. They are over spending on talent for the wrong positions.

  92. macbull says: Mar 11, 2014 3:52 PM

    Don’t you think the Browns have been saving for next year, long enough?

    It might be moldy money…but it still spends the same…go Browns

  93. norseyapper says: Mar 11, 2014 3:53 PM

    It’s interesting that they seem to be investing heavily on the defensive side of the line, especially when you consider that the Cleveland defense was quite good but the offensive side was sub par.

    Cleveland could well be a team that takes a significant jump forward this year though. The Browns have some good talent to build around.

  94. dragonfly99 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:54 PM

    Big impact on the defense by if they can add Dansby, Whitner, and Revis.

  95. macbull says: Mar 11, 2014 3:54 PM

    Don’t you think the Browns have been saving for next year, long enough?

    It might be moldy money…but it still spends the same…go Browns

  96. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 11, 2014 3:54 PM

    This is still the team I pick to win the division. They are going after it while the other teams they are grouped with could be taking a step back and allowing CLE to take full control of this division for the next decade or two. None of the other teams deserve to achieve success, so go Browns!!

  97. wehavebush says: Mar 11, 2014 3:55 PM

    This will end badly

  98. ravensarejusbetter says: Mar 11, 2014 3:55 PM

    Why are they spend in money on a defense that’s already pretty solid?

    They should worry about their offense, as in qb, because I’m pretty sure thats the reason they lose every year. Also a running back bcuz mcgahee is done, even as a backup.

    They should take notes from the kings of the afc north, THE RAVENS, and maybe that could at least smell the playoffs for once this century

    #RavenNation

  99. brownmud says: Mar 11, 2014 3:56 PM

    I’m ok with all these moves and the other rumors floating around. At least my team appears to be trying this year.

    Go Browns!

  100. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:57 PM

    Revis won’t play there.
    Jokeland is a joke.

    Raiders, Oakland come play with hall of famer Charles Woodson, and help to bring back to the Raiders to the top spot. We gon make it big this year
    leggggo

    Browns don’t even know what winning feels like, we do and we THIRSTY FOR IT NOW!

    GO RAIIIIIIDDDDDEEERRRRSSS!

  101. vusnu says: Mar 11, 2014 3:58 PM

    Looks like another Dream Team. And Joey Nickels is gone. Go figure.

  102. r8dernation says: Mar 11, 2014 3:59 PM

    And we’re on the clock! Free agency is now open and this is going to be interesting.

  103. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 11, 2014 4:00 PM

    The new head coach next year will have some talent on the defensive side of the ball.

  104. audient says: Mar 11, 2014 4:01 PM

    Jimmy wants to buy a winner before he goes to prison.

    This won’t turn out well, but as a Browns fan, I will watch it all.

    Off to make popcorn.

  105. rgiii2dc says: Mar 11, 2014 4:02 PM

    Alterraun Verner is the best LONG TERM commitment at CB in this years FA.

  106. hawksfan4life1001 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:02 PM

    Build through the draft THEN add the vets to get over the top. They are doing it all backwards.

  107. philahitman says: Mar 11, 2014 4:03 PM

    I guess teams didnt learn from the “Dream Team” debacle. You can add a couple pieces through FA but you cant build a team that way.

    I guess they plan on holding teams under 3 points since thats the only way theyll win with their QB/RB situation the way it is.

  108. beardinals says: Mar 11, 2014 4:03 PM

    I’ve seen this movie before. Didn’t it star Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels?

  109. flyinhighwithvick says: Mar 11, 2014 4:03 PM

    Dream Team!

  110. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 11, 2014 4:03 PM

    Donte Whitner? Karlos Dansby? AWESOME!!! Please tell me it’s 2006.

  111. MostlyRight says: Mar 11, 2014 4:04 PM

    Can’t believe Dansby would leave a great situation in AZ to play for the Browns. The almighty dollar…

  112. pack15forever says: Mar 11, 2014 4:05 PM

    I think it’s quite apparent why the Browns are a losing organization. Their coaching search was a circus and now they are throwing money all over the place in the hopes that something sticks to the wall. Ask Daniel Snyder how that’s worked for him so far.

  113. goldrush36 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:06 PM

    Well can’t say they aren’t trying…. Not sure they are taking a good approach but you can’t say they are just standing by

  114. timmons94 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:07 PM

    yawn…..5-11 in 2014….what a disgrace of a franchise.

  115. chiphi50708 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:08 PM

    Yeah, “breaking the bank” on players that only care about the money. They won’t find much success on the field in Cleveland.

  116. sausagecar says: Mar 11, 2014 4:09 PM

    Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy veterans who know how to win. Here we go Brownies, keep spending before you head to the slammer, Jimmy.

  117. pwillisbeast says: Mar 11, 2014 4:12 PM

    Good for the Browns for making a run at these guys. Unfortunately unless they can draft a QB who pans out, or develop Brian Hoyer they won’t have much of a chance because their offense stinks. The fan base and the city deserves a winner.

  118. chawk12thman says: Mar 11, 2014 4:15 PM

    Good for them. Spend and get some quality players. Carried over 24M from last year’s cap, so they planned to spend this year. Hope it works and they start to be competitive.

  119. theycallmeyango says: Mar 11, 2014 4:16 PM

    that’s not wise then they’ll have no place to put their pennies

  120. iloveagoodnap says: Mar 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    I honestly dont even want to make jokes because it is just flat out sad at this point how pathetic the way this team is run is. It’s an absolute joke.

  121. jerruhjones says: Mar 11, 2014 4:21 PM

    To the haters…it’s the first day of FA.

    The Browns still have 10 draft picks. TEN.

  122. eddiek77 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:24 PM

    I would take Revis on one leg before I would have a healthy Ike Taylor in my secondary.

  123. borisbulldog says: Mar 11, 2014 4:26 PM

    Funny how productive the first day of FA is when you get rid of penny pinching Banner!

    No way he would have signed Whitner and Dansby due to Banner’s age discrimination!

  124. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Mar 11, 2014 4:33 PM

    GOOD JOB RAY FARMER. MIAMIS LOOKING BETTER WITHOUT YA

  125. rodh32340 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:35 PM

    Dansby must be on a retirement tour…he got FA money from Miami went back to AZ and now visiting Browns for their donation to the Dansby Retirement Fund…just saying

  126. ballboy48 says: Mar 11, 2014 4:38 PM

    Even if they don’t work out…about time they are spending the cash!

  127. 23rdusernameused says: Mar 11, 2014 4:39 PM

    The Browns QB is Hoyer! And he was doing pretty darn good before he blew out his ACL!
    I hope he comes back and they win the north! It’s gonna be a team from OH that wins the AFCN, b/c we KNOW it ain’t gonna be the Squealers or the Ratbirds and their 120Million dollar QB that’s worth about 2 Million!!!

  128. ronketonk says: Mar 11, 2014 4:46 PM

    What they just did was not breaking the bank on over the hill players. They are one of the youngest teams in football to begin with. They are replacing a 30+ year old MLB with an upgrade 30+ MLB. They have replaced a hard hitting SS with another Pro Bowl hard hitting SS for probably less money. Its really the best they could have done on day one. I don’t think its reckless by any means.

  129. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 11, 2014 5:09 PM

    Faux browns may break the bank but they won’t break the win column.

  130. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 11, 2014 5:11 PM

    faux browns may break the bank but they won’t break into the win column

  131. taosravenfan says: Mar 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    5-11

  132. mrfrostyj says: Mar 11, 2014 6:23 PM

    Don’t understand the negative comments (actually I do as it’s pretty obvious the people commenting know nothing of the Browns roster or their free agent/draft situation).

    Browns have done nothing so far but replaced big name contributors to their team they lost (Jackson and Ward) with people that are just as good (Dansby/Whitner). It really isn’t hurting their cap numbers and still HAVE to spend a lot more per the CBA which I believe is 89% of it (they already had the 3rd most available in the league BEFORE they lost Jackson, Ward, Mack and Bess). This means Alex Mack is going to get overpaid big time to stay in Cleveland and most importantly they really haven’t even STARTED in free agency. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jason Campbell gets released to add cap space as well.

    As for those pointing out that they still need a QB, Receiver and running back. With 10 picks in the draft (7 in the first 120 picks) I’m pretty sure they aren’t going punter with all of them. Just a thought.

    8-8 would be seriously disappointing for a team with a highly sought after young GM and a coach with something to prove having that kind of ability to turn around the roster in ONE OFFSEASON. That’s a dream situation for a new front office.

  133. matthewsedivy says: Mar 11, 2014 8:13 PM

    Lots of Hate for Cleveland Browns…Lets not forget we were a solid organization for long time before having our team taken from us. And one of the best fan bases around!
    So Al Lerner buys the new expansion franchise and passes away shortly after, leaving the team to his son who could care less about football and the team but held on to the team until he could get an obscene amount of money for it……..I suppose we should get laughed at for that as well…. So now Jimmy Haslem buys the team and is scrutinized as if he’s been the owner for the last ten years…he’s learning on the job and had a tough first year but cmon guy is obviously serious about putting a good team together…he’s spending money ….and making changes , not settling, admitting his early mistakes…he’s pulling out all the stops! it’s not going to be easy , but he will bring this team back to respectability!!!! just don’t judge us by the mess that was the Randy Lerner regime……and don’t forget Cleveland Rocks!!!!

  134. deezyny says: Mar 11, 2014 8:57 PM

    If you hate on depressing franchises like the Browns and the Jags, you have no soul. Both deserve a change of luck.

  135. tanstewie says: Mar 12, 2014 12:33 AM

    Dansby had 6.5 sacks and four interceptions for Arizona last season. He played all but three snaps.
    Profootballfocus.com rated Dansby No. 5 among all inside linebackers last season. Jackson was No.42.
    A major issue with Jackson was pass coverage. Dansby excelled in that area with four interceptions and 19 pass breakups. Jackson had only seven breakups.

    Dansby has missed only eight games in 10 seasons. It’s only two in the last six years. Along with his 6.5 sacks last season, he had four quarterback hits and 11 more quarterback hurries.

    Great 2 year signing to all the idiot haters.

  136. anygvnsunday says: Mar 13, 2014 3:55 PM

    It’s all well and good to sign top free agents, and draft top rookies…but if you don’t have a strong staff to coach them, all could be lost.

    The Browns have a head coach who “acted” as DC under Rex Ryan (who, let’s be honest, was really acting DC), then was the DC for a slightly-less-terrible team last year. One year. The DC HE’s hired is 35, has very few years of experience in the NFL…and only two years ago was a quality control coach. And, his OC was practically blamed for the demise for his entire previous franchise. Then sprinkle in a bunch of Pettine’s high school and college buddies.

    Teams that win consistently employ seasoned coaches who’ve worked for winning franchises. I don’t see anyone of that caliber in this staff. Coaching staffs made up of a bunch of friends do not playoff teams make.

  137. jollyjoker2 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:56 PM

    Brownie fans are Debbie downers. .They need to get a qb like the rest of the league sellor dwellors and things will start looking up.

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