The Browns 2014 schedule has been released.
The Browns 2014 schedule has been released.
Solid win for the @Indians. Need to keep beating Detroit when given the chance. I remain extremely worried about the bullpen though.— Dominic Longo (@dominiclongo) April 17, 2014
The @Cavs do what they do best… Win meaningless games. Thus ends one of the most overall pathetic seasons I’ve seen from any franchise.— Dominic Longo (@dominiclongo) April 17, 2014
I can’t decide if I’m more excited about the Cavs season (thankfully) coming to an end or the Indians managing to win tonight’s game batting 1-13 with runners in scoring position.
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward." That quote from novelist Ellen Glasgow could perhaps be used to describe how some fans feel about the early offseason moves by the Clevel…
I have not been able to write an update regarding the Browns free agent acquisitions and departures, but came across one at the blog Dawg Pound Nation that analyzes and rates each one. I recommend it as a good read for those looking to gain some more insight on what the Browns did and where they are headed this upcoming season.
Andrew Hawkins is set to become the Browns’ No. 2 receiver, as the Bengals have decided not to match Cleveland’s offer. Hawkins, a restricted free agent, agreed to a four-year offer sheet with the Browns at the start of free agency. At first, the Bengals were expected to exercise their right to match the offer…
After initial reporting that the Bengals would match the offer, it appears — now that the last day to match is here, that the Bengals will not be matching the offer.
It was only a matter of time before both of these moves happened and the Browns did everyone a favor by releasing both Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden this afternoon. That leaves Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney as the only QBs on the Browns’ roster.
These moves needed to be done. Neither QB was an option for next year and Brandon Weeden may have done the impossible and justified his pick less than Brady Quinn justified his.
Thus, the revolving door at QB for the Browns will continue into next year. Now the only question is if they will be bringing in veteran competition for Hoyer or rookie competition.
The Browns are looking at Tate to upgrade their running game, which struggled in 2013.
In addition to today’s news that Cincinnati would likely match the Browns offer for Andrew Hawkins, reports emerged that Ben Tate was in Berea today visiting with the Browns.
Rumors of Tate joining the Browns date back to last season. Seeing as it could be argued that RB was the weakest position on the Browns last year (yes, even more so than QB) it should come as no surprise that the Browns are interested in the guy many, if not all, analysts are calling the #1 option at RB.
Tate has looked great when given the chance to play behind Arian Foster, but he has also been injury prone while not even carrying a full workload. I love the idea of adding Ben Tate — but I’ll hate it if we overspend, seeing as productive RBs can be found in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft, and the Browns have plenty of draft picks to use. Even if the Browns sign Tate I would fully expect another RB to be drafted.
More on this as news comes out.
They play the Battle of Ohio twice every season and the Browns and Bengals are playing a round this offseason over wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. The Bengals tendered Hawkins as a restricted free agent at the original round level, which meant that they were not eligible to get draft pick compensation if he signed elsewhere…
Last night we found out that Andrew Hawkins, WR from Cincinnati, signed an Offer Sheet with the Browns. Since Hawkins was a restricted free agent Cincinnati now has 5 days to match that offer to keep him apart of their team.
Word last night was that they would not match but now, this morning, come reports from PFT and ESPN that Cincinnati will indeed match the offer to retain Hawkins.
This is a shame, as I think Hawkins can be a difference maker given his explosiveness and elusiveness. Given the right play calls I think he could have been a good fit on the team. The fact of the matter is we’ll never know if Cincinnati follows through and matches, nor do we know what the offense will look like anyway — as Defense was the key to day one of free agency.
Other possible targets to fill the slot WR role now could be Emanuel Sanders of PIT or Julian Edelman of NE. The latter seems far more unlikely than the former, and personally I would rather see us poach Sanders from PIT.
The Cleveland Browns reached agreements with former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby and former San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
At this hour two signings have been confirmed by the media, but the Browns have not made an official statement. Those two signings are ILB Karlos Dansby and SS Donte Whitner. Terms of their respective agreements are reported as follows:
Full breakdowns of the pick-ups to come later in the week. The early feel is that the Browns went for older, more experienced players to replace DQ and T.J. Ward. The general feel seems to be that many feel the defense has been upgraded and that must come from the Dansby signing. I’m not completely sold on these signings being that much of a game changer for the upcoming season, but I have some research to do just to see what the Browns acquired today.
With Free Agency slated to officially being in about 2 hours rumors have been rampant today about players being connected to the Browns. Below is a quick review of what we have seen so far:
Nothing can be official until 4:00pm, so don’t expect any confirmed reports until then (on the free agent front). At the very least it looks like the Browns are going to be active in improving the team through free agency. I’m a proponent of filling team needs through the draft and then supplementing and filling holes through free agency. Given the Browns have so many holes, a lot of draft picks, a lot of cap space, and an owner who wants to win now — we may be in store for short terms signings with an eye on winning now, then supplementing those signings with future impact players at each position.
It will be interesting to see who ends up coming to Cleveland and how much money is spent in the process. I personally love the idea of McCluster, Hawkins, and/or Emanuel Sanders joining this team in the slot role. I probably would prefer Sanders above all, but any of them should be an upgrade. I really expected their to be more talk of landing Jarius Byrd to play FS for us given his ties to the new head coach, but talk on that front has been pretty silent today. If the rumored deal with Whitner is as much as expected, it seems unlikely the Browns would spend even more money on the safety position.
Lastly, Revis and Haden could be quite the duo at CB. Browns have the cap space to absorb that contract, but at what cost? I wouldn’t want to see us fork away any early day draft picks, seeing as this guy is expected to be released if not traded by tomorrow.
As signings become official we will be posting updates and grading the signing when financial information is available.
The 2013-2014 Cleveland were supposed to make the leap to playoff team from lottery team after landing the first pick in the draft and being in the far weaker conference. It wasn’t just me who believe this, but many NBA analyst and reporters expected them to make the leap as well. Instead, 64 games into the season, they find themselves tied for the 8th worst record in the entire NBA (24-40) and in prime position to land in the lottery mix once again. As bad as that sounds, they only remain three and a half games out of the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. I don’t believe many people currently believe they are a playoff team, even in the East, but they are currently on a four game losing streak that could easily be a ten game losing streak looking at the upcoming schedule (@PHX, @GS, @LAC, vs. MIA, vs. OKC, vs. HOU). Should they not pull out a victory in any of these games it will likely be time to shift focus to the 2014 draft as opposed to the playoffs. So, instead of waiting until the end of the season, let’s take a look at what has gone wrong for this year’s Cavs team.
Overall, it is undeniable that this season has been an unmitigated disaster. The playoff hopes appear to be dwindling by the week and this upcoming stretch of games will go a long way in determining the heart and determination of this team. There will be plenty of blame to go around once the season is over and all the talk is focused on which lottery pick we get, as opposed to how Kyrie looked in what was supposed to be his first taste of the playoffs.