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Browns, Nick Chubb reach agreement on extension

Nick Chubb said last month that Cleveland was where he wanted to stay, and indeed he will for the foreseeable future. The Browns have reached agreement on an extension with the running back, Mike Jones of USA Today reports. It is a three-year extension worth $36.6 million with $20 million fully guaranteed, a source tells [more]

Derrick Willies retires from NFL

Browns receiver Derrick Willies didn’t practice Friday, and he had a good reason for it. Willies has retired. The Browns placed him on the reserve/retired list, the team announced. Willies underwent offseason knee surgery, coach Kevin Stefanski revealed Thursday. Willies entered the NFL in 2018 as an undrafted free agent with the Browns. He appeared [more]

Andrew Berry: We’re looking forward to Baker Mayfield having another fantastic season

The Browns are in a situation where a contract extension with quarterback Baker Mayfield is not a matter of if, but when. The 2018 No. 1 overall pick has played well enough to earn one, last year helping lead the Browns to their most successful season since returning to the league in 1999. And reports [more]

Madden 22 quarterback ratings include some curious choices in the top 10

To no surprise, the new Madden game has Patrick Mahomes rated as the best quarterback, with a 99. The surprises come after that. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who turns 44 in four days, comes in at No. 2 with a 97. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the 2020 NFL MVP, has a 96. He’s third. Fourth [more]

Browns hire former Lions G.M. Bob Quinn as senior consultant

The Browns have added to their front office. Cleveland has hired former Lions General Manager Bob Quinn as a senior consultant to their football operations department, the team announced on Friday. Quinn spent his career moving up the ranks in the Patriots scouting department before departing New England to become Detroit’s G.M. in 2016. After [more]

Baker Mayfield: Odell Beckham and I have made huge strides

The 2021 season will be Baker Mayfield‘s third with wide receiver Odell Beckham and the Browns quarterback sounds like he thinks the third time will be the charm for the pairing. Mayfield said Thursday that the first year together was about getting used to one another and their on-field production showed how rocky that process [more]

JC Tretter continues to call out league over wristbands for vaccinated and unvaccinated players

Browns center and NFL Players Association president JC Tretter previously has written about his concerns regarding the practice of some teams to use wristbands on the practice field to distinguish vaccinated from unvaccinated players. On Thursday, Tretter spoke about it. “It’s just kind of a nonsensical idea,” Tretter told reporters, via Nate Ulrich of the [more]

Colts are signing Joey Ivie

The Colts are signing free agent defensive tackle Joey Ivie, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Ivie is vaccinated but has to go through COVID-19 protocols after missing the cutoff, Rapoport adds. Ivie, 26, was on the Browns’ practice squad last season. Although the team activated him to the active roster for a couple games, [more]

Myles Garrett: I’m trying to win first, competing for defensive player of the year second

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett put himself into contention for defensive player of the year in 2020 by recording 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles through the first nine games of the regular season, but a bout with COVID-19 kept him out of the lineup for two games and left him feeling less than 100 [more]

Kevin Stefanski: Odell Beckham Jr. is doing well

The Browns begin training camp with realistic high expectations — one of the few times that’s happened since the team returned to the league in 1999. One of the reasons the team’s offense could be better than it was last year is the return of receiver Odell Beckham Jr. By all accounts, Beckham is healthy [more]

Christian McCaffrey leads the way in Madden 22 running backs

No running back starts Madden 22 with a 99 rating. Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey comes the closest. Despite not playing much in 2020, McCaffrey has a 97 rating, best of any NFL running back in the game. Next comes Titans running back Derrick Henry, whose 2,000-yard season got him only a 96. Browns running [more]

Odell Beckham passes physical, ready for start of training camp

Odell Beckham said this week that he feels great, and the Browns’ medical staff feels good about him too. Beckham passed his physical and will not start training camp on the physically unable to perform list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Beckham suffered the ACL tear on October 25, so he’s now nine [more]

Madden has no 99 edge rushers

The folks at Madden are publishing on a daily basis the initial ratings at the various positions for the upcoming edition of the game. (For those of us who play Ultimate Team, all that matters is our collection current and historical 99s will soon give way to 59s. Again.) At edge rusher, the folks at [more]

Ravens are signing Chris Smith

The Ravens worked out three edge rushers on Monday. They are signing Chris Smith to a one-year deal, agent Drew Rosenhaus announced. Dion Jordan and Shilique Calhoun were the other players who worked out for the Ravens. Smith, 29, has 9.5 sacks in seven NFL seasons. He had one sack and four quarterback hits in [more]

NFLPA president JC Tretter on wristbands to show vaccination status: “We did not agree to them”

The NFL wants teams to come up with a way to distinguish vaccinated from unvaccinated players on the practice field. Some teams are doing it. The NFL Players Association wants none to do it. “We did not agree to them and think they are unnecessary,” NFLPA president and Browns center JC Tretter said in a [more]

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