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  • Baker Mayfield Won't Attend OTAs

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder) won't attend voluntary organized team activities on Tuesday, as expected. Mayfield, who had offseason left shoulder surgery, will continue to stay away from the team as they attempt to trade him after acquiring Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. Even if Cleveland hadn't acquired Watson, Mayfield likely would've been unavailable for OTAs while he recovered from shoulder surgery. Most people think either the Carolina Panthers or Seattle Seahawks will wind up trading for the former first-rounder, but the Browns are going to need to eat most of Mayfield's $18.86 million salary in order to facilitate a trade. Even if the 27-year-old winds up starting for Carolina or Seattle this year, he'll go undrafted in most standard-sized fantasy leagues.

    May 23 · Source via Browns Baker Mayfield
  • Browns Offense Could Be Changing With Deshaun Watson

    With Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson now in town, head coach Kevin Stefanski figures to spread the offense out with more three-receiver sets while implementing run-pass options. When Stefanski first got the head-coaching job in Cleveland, the staples of the offense were play-action passing off a running game powered by zone blocking. Stefanski won't completely abandon heavier sets, but changes will certainly be made now that Watson is the QB. A move to a more pass-heavy approach would obviously be good news for Watson, receivers Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones and rookie David Bell and tight end David Njoku from a fantasy perspective.

    May 23 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Chase Winovich Puts On Weight

    Cleveland Browns linebacker Chase Winovich, who was acquired from the New England Patriots this offseason, gained 10 to 15 pounds this offseason as he transitions to defensive end on a four-man defensive front. "It's the heaviest I've weighed in probably three years, the strongest I've probably ever been," Winovich said, "so I have a lot to be optimistic about, and I'm really looking forward to it." The 27-year-old pass-rusher will be looking to bounce back in 2022 after a decreased role last season with the Pats, when he had only 11 tackles (six solo) in 13 games (zero starts) for New England. In his three NFL seasons with the Patriots, Winovich has 85 tackles (56 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 23 QB hits, 11 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.

    May 23 · Source via Browns Chase Winovich
  • Browns Rumors: Hunt, Watson

    Browns running back Kareem Hunt is heading into a contract year for the 2022 NFL season, after only appearing in eight games last year. Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com spoke on the contract situation, reporting that it seems very up in the air for now. Hunt entered the 2021 season as the back up to […]

    May 22 · Pro Football Rumors Browns Kareem Hunt Deshaun Watson
  • Browns Re-Sign Jadeveon Clowney

    The Cleveland Browns officially re-signed pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal worth $11 million on Sunday, according to a source. The two sides agreed to terms on Wednesday, but they needed to finalize a few things before the deal became official. The 29-year-old has battled injuries throughout his career since being the first overall pick by the Houston Texans in 2014, but he is a difference-maker on the defensive side of the ball when he's healthy. Clowney, a three-time Pro Bowler, had 37 tackles (24 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 19 QB hits, nine sacks and two forced fumbles in 14 starts for the Browns last season. He will continue to wreak havoc alongside All-Pro pass-rusher Myles Garrett in 2022.

    May 22 · Source via Browns Jadeveon Clowney Myles Garrett
  • Deshaun Watson Settlements Unlikely To Happen Soon

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson faces 22 civil lawsuits for alleged sexual misconduct. However, when speaking with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, reported that "no settlement talks are in the offing." The latest update adds another hurdle for the NFL and its investigation, primarily since individual cases likely won't happen immediately, making it much more challenging for the league to determine a potential punishment. It certainly doesn't suggest Watson will be off the hook. Yet, with potential trials delaying things, the veteran may be available for the 2022-23 campaign.

    May 21 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • David Bell Can Play Both Outside And Slot Roles

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver David Bell could be seeing plenty of action in this offensive unit. The third-round rookie can play both outside and slot roles, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. That being said, Bell could be a unique option for the Browns offense. They don't have a reliable No. 2 receiver to play behind Amari Cooper. The departure of Jarvis Landry leaves this team without another reliable pass catcher. Possibly, Bell steps up and becomes an important part of the Browns offense.

    May 21 · Source via Browns David Bell nfl draft
  • No Movement On Baker Mayfield Situation

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield remains on the roster. Despite multiple clubs, specifically, the Panthers and Seahawks, remaining interested in Mayfield's services, there hasn't been any movement regarding a potential deal. The former Oklahoma Sooner is due to make over $18 million in guaranteed cash this season. However, with teams not looking to take on such a financial burden, especially for a quarterback coming off shoulder surgery, finding a suitor has been a challenge for the Browns. Nonetheless, Deshaun Watson is still potentially facing suspension, so there's a chance Mayfield could end up starting in Cleveland for at least some of the 2022-23 campaign.

    May 21 · Source via Browns Baker Mayfield
  • Panthers Still Interested In Jimmy Garoppolo, Baker Mayfield

    The Carolina Panthers are still interested in San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, but in order for a trade to go down, the other team would have to agree to pick up a large portion of their salary. Nothing has changed on that front in weeks. Making things more difficult, both QBs are coming off surgeries. Although Jimmy G or Mayfield would give Carolina more competition at the position alongside Sam Darnold and rookie Matt Corral, they understandably aren't in a rush to trade for a rehabbing signal-caller unless the other team picks up the vast majority of their salary. There remains a scenario where both the Niners and Browns keep Garoppolo and Mayfield.

    May 20 · Source via Browns 49ers Panthers Baker Mayfield Jimmy Garoppolo
  • Browns Must Eat More Money To Trade Baker Mayfield

    The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks have shown interest in acquiring Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, but the Browns haven't been willing to absorb enough of his fully guaranteed $18.858 million salary for this season. It's unclear how far apart the sides have been, but the Browns want their contractual intake to be commensurate with the asset they receive in return. The Panthers and Seahawks are pushing for the Browns to eat as much as $17.823 million. With Mayfield still rehabbing his surgically repaired left shoulder, it has tempered the urgency to acquire him. The Browns could keep Mayfield as insurance in case Deshaun Watson is suspended this year, but either way, Mayfield's fantasy stock is way down after his disappointing 2021 season.

    May 20 · Source via Browns Baker Mayfield
  • David Njoku Reportedly Offered Lucrative Contract

    Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has amassed 1,754 yards and 15 touchdowns off 148 receptions throughout his five seasons. However, despite Njoku's subpar production, reports have surfaced that the Browns are looking to lock up the 25-year-old to a long-term deal that would pay him around $13 million per season. Still, the veteran may decline such an offer to look for even more cash moving forward, primarily if he expects to benefit from the presence of Deshaun Watson, assuming he plays. Nevertheless, considering Njoku's lack of reliability over the years, he needs to do a lot of convincing before earning the trust of fantasy managers.

    May 19 · Source via Browns David Njoku
  • Browns Submit Offer To TE David Njoku

    David Njoku finds himself in an interesting position. The Browns hit the former first-round pick with the franchise tag, despite the veteran tight end’s history of inconsistent production. Njoku now has an offer to consider, but he is also set to play with a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback this season. This year’s tight end franchise […]

    May 18 · Pro Football Rumors Browns David Njoku
  • Browns Believe In David Bell

    Cleveland Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta revealed on draft weekend that head coach Kevin Stefanski was adamant about selecting wide receiver David Bell in the third round at No. 99 overall. "You can ask our GM. I was like, 'This day needs to end with David Bell on our team.' Just your ability to catch the ball, which I think is the best in the draft, your ability to get open and just who you are as a person, that fits who we are," Stefanski told Bell. The Browns are confident the first-team All-American from Purdue is capable of making an immediate impact, and they hope to use him as their primary slot receiver now that Jarvis Landry is with the Saints. The Browns have a run-first offense, but with Deshaun Watson now at quarterback, Bell could flourish with Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones on the outside.

    May 17 · Source via Browns David Bell nfl draft
  • NFL Officials To Meet With Deshaun Watson

    There will be an important step in the ongoing NFL investigation into Deshaun Watson in the coming days. CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reports (on Twitter) that league officials will meet with him in Texas this week.  The news comes not long after the civil suits the quarterback is still facing were amended to include counts of negligence […]

    May 16 · Pro Football Rumors Browns Deshaun Watson
  • NFL Wrapping Up Deshaun Watson Investigation?

    NFL officials are currently scheduled to meet with Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson in Texas this week, according to league sources. SI.com's Albert Breer mentioned that the league usually talks to the player last in these investigations, so it could be an indication that the NFL is wrapping up Watson's 20 allegations of sexual assault. A determination on whether he'll be suspended could be coming soon. With a potential suspension looming over Watson, the Browns have elected to keep Baker Mayfield around as insurance. Watson missed all of last season with the Houston Texans, and his high-end QB1 fantasy value could take a huge hit if he's forced to miss more games in 2022.

    May 16 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Browns Sign Felix Harper To Rookie Contract

    Former Alcorn State quarterback Felix Harper was signed by the Browns on Sunday. Harper threw for 2,489 yards and 20 touchdowns during his final college season with the Braves, so the move adds another quality signal-caller to the roster. However, he'll face some tough competition to earn meaningful work come September, primarily with Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield, Jacoby Brissett, and Joshua Dobbs on the depth chart. Yet, with Watson and Mayfield's availability in limbo, there's a small chance Harper could make an appearance during a regular season game, although that's very unlikely to happen.

    May 15 · Source via Browns
  • Latest On Lawsuits Against Browns QB Deshaun Watson

    Two of the 22 women who have filed suit against Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson have amended their claims to include counts of negligence and gross negligence, as Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today reported last month. In addition to creating more grounds for financial recovery, those claims allow the plaintiffs to propound more discovery, and the gross […]

    May 15 · Pro Football Rumors Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Browns Announce 12 UDFA Signings

    This morning, the Browns officially announced the addition of 12 undrafted free agents to their rookie class: D’Anthony Bell, S (West Florida) Junior Faulk, CB (Delta State) Mike Harley Jr., WR (Miami) Travell Harris, WR (Washington State) Brock Hoffman, C (Virginia Tech) Shaun Jolly, CB (Appalachian State) Silas Kelly, LB (Coastal Carolina) Glen Logan, DT […]

    May 13 · Pro Football Rumors Browns Isaiah Weston nfl draft
  • Browns Agree With Third-Rounder David Bell

    The Cleveland Browns agreed to a four-year, $4.894 million deal with third-round wide receiver David Bell on Thursday, according to his agent. Bell put up impressive numbers at Purdue, but he's not very fast and could struggle at the next level. The 21-year-old could be an option out of the slot in his rookie season in Cleveland, with Amari Cooper the clear No. 1 on the outside for quarterback Deshaun Watson. Outside of Cooper, the Browns don't have a clear-cut No. 2, with Donovan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz and Jakeem Grant competing for targets. It's possible that Bell could be a decent dynasty league sleeper because of his big frame at 6-foot-1.

    May 12 · Source via Browns David Bell nfl draft
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