Report: Browns have spoken to Montee Ball

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The Browns got running back Duke Johnson back at practice on Wednesday and coach Mike Pettine said that he is fully cleared after a concussion and could play “a significant role” on Sunday if he practices well the rest of the week.

Even with Johnson in the lineup, the Browns only have two tailbacks on their current 53-man roster and were talking about adding a player at the position even before they traded Terrance West to the Titans. The recently released Montee Ball could be part of that discussion.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns have spoken to Ball since he became a free agent after clearing waivers earlier this week. Cabot reports several other teams have also been in contact with the former Bronco, who was a second-round pick in 2013, and that it is “uncertain” where he’ll land.

The Browns passed on a chance to claim Ball in time to have him at practice this week, as did any other team that might have interest. That suggests Ball may remain on the market through Week One, which may bring injuries or other developments that land him with a new team.

19 responses to “Report: Browns have spoken to Montee Ball

  1. Great collegiate player. Not lived up to the billing thus far, and now the road gets tougher as he’s likely going to a lesser team. Well, good luck to him!

  2. Shows you the shelf life of running backs when we’re talking about whether Montee Ball is good enough to be the 3rd string running back in Cleveland. At this rate running backs will be retiring at 25 since most teams don’t want you unless you’re 21 or 22.

  3. Considering how young Montee Ball still is and the similar system he came from at Wisconsin that the Chargers would be interested in Ball as a backup for Melvin Gordan. Plus he could help game plan against the Broncos offense.

  4. From some of the comments, you’d think they signed him already. If you’re short at running back, you would not be doing your due diligence if you didn’t at least talk to the available experienced backs. They’ve only talked to him…relax.

  5. @pleasestopthesnow

    Turbo is injured. You are probay talking 5-6 weeks. Wouldn’t make a lot of sense for the Browns to try to sign him now.

  6. Shows you the shelf life of running backs when we’re talking about whether Montee Ball is good enough to be the 3rd string running back in Cleveland. At this rate running backs will be retiring at 25 since most teams don’t want you unless you’re 21 or 22.

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    Yeah, that Frank Gore sure has had a short shelf life at 32.

  7. It’s something about highly productive Wisconsin running backs that just don’t plan out in the NFL. From Terrell Fletcher 2nd round pick in 1995, to Ron Dayne 1st round pick in 2000, next Michael Bennett 1st round pick in 2001, Brian Calhoun 3rd round in 2006, Montee Ball 2nd round pick in 2013, James White was a 4th round pick in 2014.

  8. If Ball is not signed until after week one — the Browns can pay him on a game by game basis and not be on the hook there the entire season salary.

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