Report: Browns Release Josh McCown

According to Mike Garafalo of the NFL Network, the Cleveland Browns have released veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

McCown, 37, joined the Browns in 2015. He threw for 3209 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Originally brought in by former general manager Ray Farmer to be a mentor to Johnny Manziel, McCown became a fan favorite and showed unbelievable toughness on the field. There were reports that the team and head coach Hue Jackson offered McCown a chance to stay on as a coach, but the veteran still wants to continue his career as a player.

McCown signed a three-year deal to join the Browns and was due over $3.5 million in 2017, as well as a $750,000 roster bonus.

Browns Add Former Buckeye Powell

On Monday the Cleveland Browns announced that they have claimed Tyvis Powell off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Powell, a 6’3″ 211 pound defensive back, went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft following an outstanding career as an Ohio State Buckeye.

Powell had 11 tackles and one interception for the Seahawks in the preseason, but was mainly a special teamer during the regular season and then was cut during the playoffs. Powell, who grew up in Bedford, Ohio is known as a diehard Browns fan by those who have covered him, will now have a chance to fulfill his dream of playing for his childhood team. He will also bring much needed depth to one of the weakest spots on the Browns current roster.

 

NFL Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Houston— The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee met in Houston on the eve of Super Bowl LI to induct the newest class into the sports most prestigious club.

The 2017 class welcomes seven new names to Canton this summer on August 5.

The inductees are as follows:

K Morten Andersen

RB Terrell Davis

S Kenny Easley

DE Jason Taylor

RB LaDainian Tomlinson

QB Kurt Warner

Owner Jerry Jones

NFL Honors Their Best

Houston— The eve of the Super Bowl is when the NFL is at their finest during the NFL Honors celebration where the league announces award winners, as well as the newest Hall of Fame class headed to Canton in the summer.

This seasons awards show was hosted by Keegan-Michael Key. The NFL awards for excellence were mostly taken by the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys, while the New England Patriots seemed to have been somewhat snubbed.

The winners are as follows:

Fed Ex Air and Ground Players of the Year: QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta; RB Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: QB Dak Prescott, Dallas

Ford Offensive Line of the Year: Dallas

Rooney Sportsmanship Award: RB Frank Gore, Indianapolis

Salute to Service Award: Head Coach Dan Quinn, Atlanta

Castrol Clutch Performer of the Year: QB Derek Carr, Oakland

AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Atlanta

AP Coach of the Year: Jason Garrett, Dallas

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: DE Joey Bosa, L.A. Chargers

AP Defensive Player of the Year: LB Khalil Mack, Oakland

AP MVP: QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta

AP Comeback Player of the Year: WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay

Walter Payton Man of the Year: QB Eli Manning, NY Giants, WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

 

 

 

Browns Interview Garcia for QB Coach Job

Berea— According to reports, the Cleveland Browns have interviewed former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia for the job as their quarterbacks coach.

The Browns moved tight ends coach Greg Seamon to QB coach for the Senior Bowl last week, but there is no guarantee he will stay there. Head coach Hue Jackson has said that he is unsure whether he will hire a replacement for Pep Hamilton, who left following the season to take a job with the Michigan Wolverines.

Garcia, who played for the Browns in 2004, has one year of coaching experience in the CFL and also served as an offensive assistant for the Rams in 2015.

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Jimmy Garoppolo

*This is the first part of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future. 

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Name: Jimmy Garoppolo

Height: 6’2 1/4″

Weight: 225 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Eastern Illinois

NFL Team: New England Patriots

Draft Spot or Projection: 2nd round, 62nd overall (2014)

Strengths: Good, but not great size…Excellent usage of his eyes, scans the entire field…lightning fast release…accurate…smooth, natural delivery…good feet, helps evade pocket pressure, average pocket presence, resets himself after getting “happy feet” on occasions…very good ball placement…stays calm, leader on the field, does not show many ups and downs…executes his offense well…elite production at FCS school with 13,156 yards and 118 touchdowns…2013 Walter Payton Award winner…

Weaknesses: Velocity is not elite, but good enough…needs to continue to improve his decision making…deep ball accuracy issues…has tendency to go side arm at times…will take time to develop…holds the ball to long and needs to develop a better internal clock…gets happy feet when faced with pressure and does not show great form when forced to improvise…

Summary: When I wrote the original scouting report on Garoppolo in 2014, I saw him as a late second to early third round quarterback who would be an NFL starter if given the time to develop. After sitting behind Brady and working with Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels over the past three seasons, he has been given the proper time to develop and has been taught by some of the best ever. If Garoppolo was in the 2017 draft with his current skill set, shown in minimal NFL playing time, I truly believe he would he would be a first round pick.

Up next: Bengals QB A.J. McCarron

Browns Hire Greg Williams as DC

The Cleveland Browns have hired former Rams defensive coordinator Greg Williams to the same position.

The hiring of Williams marks the end to the second, very short, tour of duty for outgoing Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Horton has now been fired by the Browns twice in four seasons, both times after one season.

Williams, who was fired after the season by LA, led a defense with the Rams that was ranked ninth in yards and 23rd in points allowed. The Browns defense, filled with youth, finished the 2016 season giving up the third most yards and second most points in the league.

While he is best known for his role in the bounty gate scandal while with the Saints, Williams is a leader of men and expects greatness on the field from his defense.

Browns head coach echoed those sentiments in his first words after the hiring, “We are thrilled that Gregg Williams is joining our staff as defensive coordinator,” Browns head coach Hue Jackson said in a statement. “Gregg has been an outstanding defensive coach in this league for a very long time. His defenses have frequently finished among the top ten in the league. He adapts his scheme to maximize the strengths of his personnel and has always been able to get the most out of his players. We look forward to him coming in, helping our players improve and helping us become the winning team we are all working towards.”

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