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.
The Cleveland Browns don’t have anything to play for in Week 17 after nabbing win No. 1 on Saturday, but at least they’ll have their starter at quarterback. Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion against the Chargers and entered the league’s protocol.
After seeing an independent neurologist on Thursday, though, he was cleared to return to the field.
This will allow the Browns to get one last look at RG3 before the offseason,
The Cleveland Browns have shown interest in drafting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. Garrett wrapped up his college career last night in the Texas Bowl. In the Aggies 33-28 loss to Kansas State, Garrett record no solo tackles, no sacks, no tackles for a loss, no pass deflections and no hurries. With that in mind, and as a Browns fan I say…SO WHAT!!!! Draft the kid anyway, we need defensive help…everywhere!!
The Cleveland Browns have signed DB Trae Elston to the practice squad. In addition, the team waived kicker Patrick Murray from injured reserve.
Elston is a 5-11, 193 pound rookie out of Mississippi. Originally signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent, he was inactive the past two games for Cleveland. He also spent five weeks on Tampa Bay’s practice squad. Elston is a native of Oxford, Ala.