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Browns didn’t leak their free-agent board

Several of you (actually, more than several) have pointed out a photo taken at the Browns’ facility and placed on Reddit and ultimately Twitter.  Since many more than several of you will continue to point out the photo until we address it, here goes.

The photo shows handwriting that identifies various teams followed by the last names of certain players.  Some believe it’s the team’s “free-agent big board.”

It’s not, according to the team.

A Browns spokesman told PFT that the list is maintained by employees of the team website’s video department.  Based only on external reporting and speculation and not on actual information from the football operations, the employees keep a list of players for whom video needs to be ready in the event a visit or a signing with the Browns occurs.

The explanation makes sense.  The list has no organization or ranking.  It’s just names, without regard to position or priority.

The visible names are “Verner” (cornerback Alterraun, who signed with the Bucs), “Tate” (running back Ben, who has visited the Browns), “Revis” (cornerback Darrelle, now a free agent), “Carroll” (cornerback Nolan), “Moats” (linebacker Arthur), “Grossman” (quarterback Rex), “Hawkins” (receiver Andrew), and “Edelman” (receiver Julian).

Other names are obscured, but it looks like no more than 12 appear.  Surely, that’s not every player the Browns are considering in free agency.

So it’s much ado about nothing.  But we’re not inclined to complain whenever there’s a topic about which there’s much ado.  Even if our role is merely to say there’s nothing to see.

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37 Responses to “Browns didn’t leak their free-agent board”
  1. wawa33 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:07 PM

    If it is the Factory of Sadness big board, NFL teams should be like Bizarro George Costanza and “do the opposite.”

  2. grabgrabgrab says: Mar 12, 2014 7:09 PM

    Nice work. Now give me some Jermichael Finley updates with the Seattle physical, please…

  3. intelligent cement says: Mar 12, 2014 7:09 PM

    So Rex Grossman it is, right?

  4. skins1970 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:10 PM

    The Browns should just be honest and and say yes it is .

  5. theuncletodd says: Mar 12, 2014 7:10 PM

    OK–sincerely the grassy knoll

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 12, 2014 7:11 PM

    Get it together people, you know very well the Browns don’t put this much thought and organization into their work.

  7. dmwhite2 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:13 PM

    If it was their free agent board do you really think they’d admit to it?

  8. Six Rings says: Mar 12, 2014 7:14 PM

    They can’t get anything right.

  9. tolan04 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:16 PM

    Only the browns

  10. swagger52 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:22 PM

    If the Browns were smart they would have kept the Ravens. They would have 2 Super Bowls. There..I said it. The elephant in the room.

  11. kwjsb says: Mar 12, 2014 7:22 PM

    At least we know know they gave this some thought, that’s new for a Browns front office.

  12. hoopieguy says: Mar 12, 2014 7:23 PM

    I get so sick of the Browns bashers, so I will be mature and say; “the fans of all 31 other teams are knuckle dragging, sister lovin’, meth addicted, morons.” Browns, and their fans however, ROCK!!

  13. swagger52 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:23 PM

    The Browns GM is so “Get Smart” and Agent 99

  14. believeland2014 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:24 PM

    Really? Rex grossman? He sucks

  15. 2blingluvinit says: Mar 12, 2014 7:26 PM

    Nothing going on here folks…Move along.

  16. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 12, 2014 7:30 PM

    Rex Grossman is still in the league? and no this is not a sarcastic post, I seriously haven’t heard about that dude in so long lol.

  17. motobus says: Mar 12, 2014 7:32 PM

    It’s not their board, but they’ve targeted everyone on the list?

  18. bennyb82 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:32 PM

    By denying it, it makes me think it is their board. Hmm but maybe they want us to think that is their list…so they can figure out a way to lure Christian Ponder into the organization.

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 7:46 PM

    Is it tampering to leak a board with suggestive high prices for players under contract that you hope will want to induce a trade once they see what numbers you allegedly are brainstorming about offering to them in the event that they became available? The answer is no, it’s a shady trick and you can do anything you want to try and cheat your way into an advantage in this league.

  20. brownsmakemecrazy says: Mar 12, 2014 8:39 PM

    Lol of course its their board

  21. browns627 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:44 PM

    Farmer has already made the browns a 500 team just by his cuts.

  22. brownsmakemecrazy says: Mar 12, 2014 9:02 PM

    Cross Revis off your board Browns

  23. WACANHFL says: Mar 12, 2014 9:03 PM

    I thought all their moves were done on coasters…

  24. raymondtx says: Mar 12, 2014 9:27 PM

    Only the brownies…

  25. jiggy3198 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:33 PM

    Whst a joke if a franchise. Led by a band of morons.

  26. jiggy3198 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:34 PM

    I hate the Browns because they are idiots.

  27. demolition510 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:36 PM

    That reason doesn’t even make sense. Why would the player make a visit? If they are trying to lure him right? So targeting him. So free agent board.

    Oh Cleveland.

  28. oldcracker says: Mar 12, 2014 9:47 PM

    And Dumbardi didn’t steal propriety information from the Browns.

  29. hawkforlife says: Mar 12, 2014 9:55 PM

    A Browns spokesman told PFT that the list is maintained by employees of the team website’s video department.

    So in the Browns organization the website employees still use a board. What no computers? No wonder they’re always behind.

  30. cardiovascularendurance says: Mar 12, 2014 9:58 PM

    You guys think you’re all hip and with the times now mentioning Reddit, huh? Well… good work keeping up!

  31. ytownjoe says: Mar 12, 2014 9:59 PM

    Grossman, definitely an upgrade over Weeden.

  32. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2014 10:13 PM

    Amazed at all of the concern over the Browns by fans of other teams. I thought Browns Backers Worldwide was specifically for supporters of the Cleveland Browns,but there seems to be a Trackers section. Keep us in the media,it really irritates Jerry Jones and now apparently Seahawk fans for stealing their column space! Lou “The Toe” Groza was a kicker!

  33. skins1970 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:16 PM

    Please take Rex Grossman 4 years of him in DC was more then enough.

  34. noahlittle79 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:17 PM

    So who’s bright idea was it to retain Mike Lombardi’s son on the staff?

  35. cbass59 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:19 PM

    Right, b/c the only 14 year expansion team never does anything stupid.

  36. turfrage says: Mar 12, 2014 11:09 PM

    Every team has boards with basically the SAME NAMES on them. It’s who’s still available vs what’s needed. Where’s the story??

  37. dmtshooter says: Mar 13, 2014 12:28 PM

    Everyone knows the Browns choose free agents by dart board, not white board…

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