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The sooner the Baker Mayfield situation is resolved, the better for everyone

The NFL, like many businesses, is driven by deadlines. When it comes to the potential trade of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, the deadline widely is viewed as the start of training camp. The truth is that the sooner the situation is resolved the better off everyone will be.The Browns, Mayfield, and his new team will [more]

Browns say they’re looking at renovating their current stadium, not building a new one

Responding to a report that the Browns want a new stadium, the team released a statement today saying its focus is on renovating its existing stadium.“As we have consistently communicated, along with the City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and other prominent local organizations, we have been immersed in discussing ways to best approach [more]

PFT OT for June 20 looks at Dan Snyder, Deshaun Watson, Bart Scott, and more

Yes, PFT Live is on hiatus for five weeks. That means PFT OT is back.Most weekdays, I’ll do a video that looks at some of the biggest current issues in the NFL, where there are big issues even in the slow times.Today’s episode is attached. Topics include Daniel Snyder’s refusal to testify at Wednesday’s hearing [more]

NFL interviewed “at least” 11 of 24 plaintiffs; neither league nor team contacted Harris County D.A.

As the NFL prepares to do something about the longstanding investigation of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, some details have emerged regarding the extent of the review.Friday’s article from Mark Maske of the Washington Post, which drew most of its attention for the suggestion that the league will start the formal disciplinary process by recommending a [more]

Harris County district attorney: Lack of indictment by grand jury was not an exoneration of Deshaun Watson

Some, including attorney Rusty Hardin, want people to believe that the decision of a pair of Texas grand juries to not indict Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson means that Watson has been exonerated. The top law-enforcement officer in Harris County, Texas disagrees.At the end of a podcast interview of Kim Ogg, Mike Melster gave her the [more]

Harris County D.A. calls contact with Rusty Hardin over Deshaun Watson “totally normal”

The article from Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times regarding the grand-jury process that culminated in no indictments for Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson detailed extensive communications between lawyer Rusty Hardin and assistant district attorney Johna Staliings.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, who runs the prosecutor’s office in Houston, recently was interviewed by Mike Melster [more]

Report: MRI on Denzel Ward’s foot offers good news

Browns cornerback Denzel Ward injured his left foot during Thursday’s final minicamp practice. He underwent X-rays and an MRI, and the results offered good news.Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports that Ward has no structural damage in his foot and is expected to be ready to participate in the first training camp practice July 27.Ward [more]

Report: NFL to “probably” seek a one-year suspension for Deshaun Watson

When Major League Baseball suspended Trevor Bauer for two years due to allegations that, at their core, involve sexual consent and the violation of it, we asked whether this meant the NFL will suspend Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for a full year. Reportedly, the league will try to impose something along those lines.Mark Maske of [more]

Amari Cooper: I’m in Cleveland to be a great player, this place suits me well

Cleveland doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a place where NFL players go to achieve greatness, but new Browns receiver Amari Cooper thinks that’s exactly what Cleveland will be for him.“There’s great tradition here, a great football environment, which I love. I think this place suits me really well, actually — my personality and everything [more]

Wyatt Teller: Deshaun Watson is “perfect” for Browns offense

Quarterback Deshaun Watson has continually been impressing his new teammates with his on-the-field prowess.He’s received praise from plenty of Cleveland’s players, including from right guard Wyatt Teller this week.“Have you seen him? He’s long, he’s strong, he’s fast, he’s smart, when I say athletic freak, he’s going to be slinging that ball with ease,” Teller [more]

Negotiated punishment for Deshaun Watson is possible, but currently not likely

The NFL has yet to decide what to do about Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. One possibility will be to work directly with Watson and the NFL Players Association to reach a negotiated resolution.As a source with knowledge of the situation recently told PFT, “There’s a way out for everybody.”There is, but it won’t be easy. [more]

Divide intensifies in league office over handling of Deshaun Watson

Even before recent developments gave the Deshaun Watson case a more ominous feel, some in the league office believed that Watson should not play until the pending litigation has ended. However, Commissioner Roger Goodell took the possibility of paid leave off the table in March.Starting with the feature that debuted 23 days ago on HBO’s [more]

Jadeveon Clowney wanted to sign with whatever team Deshaun Watson joined

Jadeveon Clowney returns to the Browns on a one-year deal, the third consecutive one-year contract he has signed. It keeps him in Cleveland for a second consecutive season, the first time he has spent consecutive seasons with the same team since Clowney played his first five seasons with the Texans.As much as Myles Garrett and [more]

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