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Browns re-sign Brian Allen

The Browns re-signed cornerback Brian Allen, the team announced Monday. Allen, 27, signed with the Browns’ active roster off the Bengals’ practice squad Jan. 4. Allen, though, was inactive for both postseason games. He entered the league as a fifth-round choice of the Steelers in 2017. He has appeared in 17 career games with one [more]

Takk McKinley wants to prove Browns made “smart decision” to sign him

The Browns were trying to get their hands on defensive end Takk McKinley long before he signed with the team as a free agent this month. McKinley was placed on waivers three times last season as he failed physicals with the Bengals and 49ers after being dropped by the Falcons, but wound up with the [more]

Report: Danny Shelton visiting with Giants

Veteran defensive lineman Danny Shelton is visiting with the Giants on Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Shelton spent last season with the Lions, starting 12 games. He recorded 37 total tackles with a sack, two tackles for loss, and four quarterback hits. Prior to that, Shelton played a pair of seasons with New England — [more]

Hue Jackson: Browns ownership lied to me about rebuilding process

Former Browns coach Hue Jackson accused Browns owner Jimmy Haslam of lying to him about the nature of the rebuilding process in Cleveland. Jackson said on ESPN 850 in Cleveland that the extent to which the decision-makers would use analytics wasn’t disclosed to him when he took the job. “There’s no doubt I was lied [more]

Trevor Lawrence passes on draft invitation

The NFL’s ultimate reality show will be missing its biggest star in 2021. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has passed on the invitation to attend the draft in Cleveland, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lawrence will instead watch the draft at Clemson with a few family members and friends. Good for Lawrence. While some will chafe [more]

Browns waive Trevon Young

Defensive end Trevon Young didn’t play for the Browns in 2020 because he was on injured reserve and it doesn’t look like he’ll be playing for them in 2021 either. Young was waived off of the roster on Friday. He initially joined the Browns practice squad late in the 2019 season and signed a reserve/future [more]

Rashard Higgins calls it a “no-brainer” to re-sign with Browns

Rashard Higgins was pretty clear even before free agency began that he wanted to be back with the Browns. “Tell [G.M.] Andrew [Berry] to send the papers and I’m signing wherever I gotta sign,” Higgins said during an interview with 850 ESPN Cleveland in February. That’s come to fruition, as the wide receiver is back [more]

Andrew Berry: Takk McKinley fits nicely with what we want on our defensive line

The Browns have made several moves in free agency to improve their defense, one of which was signing Takk McKinley to a one-year, $4 million deal. The former first-round pick has not played up to his draft status, and the Falcons waived him midway through last season. Though the Raiders picked McKinley up, the D-lineman [more]

Colt McCoy visiting Cardinals

The Cardinals have scheduled a visit with veteran quarterback Colt McCoy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter adds that “there’s a good chance it will result in a deal that would make him Kyler Murray’s backup.” Brett Hundley, who served as Murray’s backup last season, is a free agent. The Cardinals also have Chris Streveler [more]

Browns feel “fortunate” John Johnson was available in free agency

The Browns signed their top target in free agency, getting safety John Johnson III. He joins Grant Delpit, a second-round pick in 2020 who missed his rookie season with an Achilles injury, and Ronnie Harrison on the backend. “We thought he was one of the more versatile safeties in the NFL,” Browns General Manager Andrew [more]

Trent Williams glad to play with Alex Mack at center

The 49ers have worked to stabilize their offensive line, re-signing left tackle Trent Williams to a monster contract and bringing in center Alex Mack. Mack played under San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland and Atlanta, which is part of why the 35-year-old veteran wanted to join San Francisco. And while Williams has garnered [more]

Jadeveon Clowney visits with the Browns

The Browns pursued Jadeveon Clowney last year, but he rejected Cleveland and eventually signed with the Titans. Maybe the second time will be the charm. The Browns hosted Clowney on a free agent visit on Wednesday, according to the transaction wire. Per Mary Cay Cabot of Cleveland.com, that visit was over as of the early [more]

Anthony Walker wanted to join Browns because they’re “building something special”

In 2020, the Browns made the playoffs for just the second time since returning to the league in 1999. They also won their first postseason contest since 1994 — when Bill Belichick was their head coach. Expectations will be higher in 2021, coming off an 11-5 season. But that’s exactly why former Colts linebacker Anthony [more]

NFL confident draft will be safe with outdoor venue, masks, distancing

The NFL says it is confident that the 2021 NFL draft, which will take place in Cleveland April 29 to May 1, will be a safe event even as a crowd of thousands is expected. League officials said on a media call today that they are unsure how many fans can attend, but it will [more]

NFL plans “large, live, in-person” draft

After last year’s NFL draft went all-virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s draft will return to having a large crowd. Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reports that the NFL is planning a primarily outdoor draft in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1 that will feature the top prospects in attendance and [more]

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