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Browns tender Stephen Carlson, Porter Gustin

The Browns tendered contracts to a pair of exclusive rights free agents on Friday. Tight end Stephen Carlson and defensive end Porter Gustin will now have the choice of signing their contracts or sitting out the season. Once tendered, exclusive rights free agents cannot negotiate with other teams. Carlson appeared in all 16 games for [more]

Report: Browns don’t plan to tender Tavierre Thomas

Cornerback Tavierre Thomas has been a staple of the special teams units in Cleveland the last three years, but he may be playing elsewhere in 2021. Thomas was on track for restricted free agency this offseason, but Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that he’s likely to be an unrestricted free agent instead. Per Pelissero, [more]

JC Tretter addresses recent ESPN.com article about NFLPA

Last week, ESPN.com published an article that spanned more than 10 years and 10,000 words regarding the NFL Players Association and, more importantly, the tenure of executive director DeMaurice Smith. The article drew the usual perfunctory praise that #longreads do from those in the media who regard it as a lost art form but who [more]

Greedy Williams slowly making his way back toward full strength

Browns cornerback Greedy Williams‘ 2020 season ended before it began. He injured his right shoulder during a tackling drill Aug. 24. No one knew the extent at the time, not even Williams. “I thought, ‘It’s just a stinger; I’ll be out at practice tomorrow,’’’ Williams told Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “’I ain’t trippin.’” The [more]

Andrew Berry: I think you all know the affinity we have for Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb has emerged as one of the best running backs in football, finishing second among qualified running backs by averaging 5.6 yards per carry in 2020. He became the first Browns running back to record consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards rushing since Jamal Lewis in 2007-2008, ending the year with 1,067 yards and 12 [more]

Kevin Stefanski has no problem with Myles Garrett playing offseason basketball

Two years ago, video emerged of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes playing offseason basketball. The team quickly put the kibosh on that. Recently, video emerged of Browns defensive end Myles Garrett playing basketball. His head coach has no problem with it. “He knows this,” Stefanski said on Wednesday’s PFT PM, “I’ve told him this, I’ve told [more]

Kevin Stefanski says Browns need to go back to square one

Kevin Stefanski is wiping the slate clean after a very successful first season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Under Stefanski, the Browns made the playoffs for the first time in 18 years and won a playoff game for the first time in 26 years. The Browns went 11-5 last year, marking just the [more]

Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in prison for sex crimes

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II was officially sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement on sex crimes against five women. According to Julie Watson of the Associated Press, the 14 years is the maximum possible sentence for Winslow under the terms of the plea agreement. Winslow was [more]

Browns believe in Baker Mayfield and expect him to take another step in 2021

A handful of teams have their franchise quarterback and know it. Some, like the Browns, have seen enough to think they do and plan to build around the quarterback they have. Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock, while praising Derek Carr, didn’t rule out an upgrade if an upgrade (Russell Wilson?) becomes a possibility. Jets General [more]

Andrew Berry: Calling Carson Wentz a cautionary tale for QB extensions is a stretch

The Rams and Eagles both traded up to draft Jared Goff and Carson Wentz in 2016. The Rams and Eagles both gave lucrative extensions to Goff and Wentz during the summer of 2019 — the first year the quarterbacks could sign a second contract after completing their third seasons. And now, the Rams and Eagles [more]

Andrew Berry: Odell Beckham Jr. can be incredibly productive in this system

Cleveland’s offense improved as the year went on in 2020, with head coach Kevin Stefanski attributing that mainly to coaches and personnel becoming more familiar with one another. But wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not a part of that because he tore his ACL during the Browns’ Week 7 victory over the Bengals. Stefanski [more]

Two years, $28 million for J.J. Watt

After two days, the real numbers have emerged on the J.J. Watt deal with the Cardinals. As suspected, it’s not a two-year, $31 million deal. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media (who also with Adam Schefter of ESPN told the world it was a two-year, $31 million deal), it’s actually a two-year, $28 million [more]

If Browns move on from David Njoku, Kyle Rudolph would appear a fit

On Saturday, David Njoku wrote what sounded like a goodbye to Cleveland. The tight end asked for a trade last summer and again before the trade deadline. The Browns didn’t listen, but Njoku played only 36 percent of the offensive snaps and made only 19 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He remains under [more]

Kevin Stefanski: I know Baker Mayfield can continue to get better

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield displayed clear progress in his first season with head coach Kevin Stefanski, finishing 2020 with 3,463 yards passing, 26 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions. With Mayfield entering his fourth year as a pro, Stefanski said Tuesday he’s expecting the quarterback to continue improving as he gains more comfort and familiarity in [more]

Kevin Stafanski: Odell Beckham Jr. is doing great in his rehab

Odell Beckham Jr. missed the majority of the Browns’ first winning season since 2007 after tearing his ACL in Week 7. But at this point, it appears he’s on track to return and impact Cleveland’s offense in 2021. “I really don’t have much of an update, other than I know he’s doing great,” head coach [more]

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