The Jets signed former Browns QB Josh McCown to a one-year, $6 million deal. 37-year-old McCown, will be playing for his eighth team in 15 seasons.
The Browns have acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler, and his $16 million guaranteed salary, from Houston. Cleveland also receives the Texans’ 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick. While Osweiler technically is coming to Cleveland, the team is not acquiring him to be its QB. Teams already have reached out to the Browns to inquire about Osweiler’s availability. The Browns are expected to trade or release Osweiler before the season.
The Browns do not sound eager to trade the first overall pick in the draft, but they won’t turn down calls. VP of Football Operations, Sashi Brown said “We’re going to responsibly listen to any opportunities out there.” The general consensus is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is the best player in the draft.
The Cleveland Browns and linebacker Jamie Collins have agreed to a four-year, $50 million extension. The $12.5 million a year makes Collins fourth among NFL linebackers, behind Von Miller, Justin Houston and Clay Matthews.
An independent football league debuting in April is embracing high-profile NFL players who were shunned, extending invitations to Johnny Manziel and Ray Rice and lining up several former draft picks with the promise of a shot to display their talent.
Spring League CEO Brian Woods told The Associated Press he had conversations with representatives for Rice and Vince Young, and challenged Manziel to prove himself on the field in a few months.
“If Johnny Manziel is serious about a future in the NFL,
The Browns are close to signing linebacker Jamie Collins, who they acquired midway through the season in a trade with New England. In just eight starts, Collins finished third on the team in tackles with 69. He also had two sacks and one forced fumble.
The website “Pro Football Focus” has included Browns’ wide receiver Terrelle Pryor on a top-10 list of breakout players in 2016. Pryor had 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns this season.
The Browns have hired Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator. Williams replaces Ray Horton. Williams has coached in the NFL for 26 years, including three as a head coach and 15 as a defensive coordinator. His defenses have finished in the top five in total defense five times.
The Browns and Bears will coach the Senior Bowl teams. Hue Jackson, who just finished his first season with the Browns, will coach the South team. Cleveland has the No. 1 overall pick after finishing 1-15. John Fox, in his second season with the Bears, will lead the North. The Bears finished 3-13 and will select third in April’s draft.
Terrelle Pryor has been the breakout star of the Cleveland Browns’ otherwise dismal season. The quarterback-turned-wideout is just 87 yards shy of 1,000 receiving yards, and FOX Sports’ Cameron DaSilva says re-signing Pryor should be a priority.
GM Sashi Brown said it was back in November, and Pryor has only padded his stats since then (70 catches, 913 yards, 4 TDs). Meanwhile, Pryor has maintained his loyalty to coach Hue Jackson and Cleveland all season.