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Browns, Britt Agree to Deal

According to various reports the Cleveland Browns and former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt have agreed to terms on a free agent contract. 

The deal is said to be a four-year pact worth $32.5 million. 

The six-foot-three Britt is coming off a season where he caught 68 balls for 1002 yards and five scores. 

At 28 years-old, Britt has been in the NFL for eight seasons, five with the Titans and three with the Rams. 

The addition of Britt could be the end of Terelle Pryor’s time in Cleveland, as the deal Britt agreed to is similar to the one the team was offering Pryor, as I reported Tuesday. 

Browns Will Allow Market to Set Price for Pryor

With NFL free agency set to begin on Thursday at 4 p.m. the Cleveland Browns still have one of their best offensive weapons about to set the market in wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. 

According to someone with knowledge of the negotiations between Pryor and the team, the Browns have offered Pryor no more than $8 million per season on any offer, while Pryor and his representatives are seeking more than $10 million per season. 

The Browns, rather than bid against themselves, are looking to allow the market to set Pryor’s value. It’s a dangerous move for a 1-15 football team who has struggled to keep talent in the past, but it also is something many teams such as the Patriots tend to do. While it works out for the best in New England, if Pryor walks it could be another black eye for the fledgling orange and Brown and another kick in the teeth to the teams overly loyal fan base. 

There are at least five teams very interested in Pryor, led by the Philadelphia Eagles, who would welcome the 6’4″ former quarterback with welcome arms. 

Will it work out for Cleveland? Only time will tell. 

OAB365 2017 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

We are 55 days from the 2017 NFL Draft and with the Cleveland Browns holding the first pick, just about anything is possible. Over the next 7 weeks I will be posting a mock draft each week. On alternating weeks, I will post an NFL mock draft and on the other weeks I will post a Browns only mock.

Today begins the first NFL Mock draft of the season here on OrangeandBrown365.com, it will be interesting to see how things change following the NFL Combine, free agency, as well as pro days. One thing I do not think will change is my number one player, Myles Garrett. Will he remain the number one overall pick though? We shall see over the next 55 days.

This weeks mock will show the team and their pick only, later versions will add in depth analysis…

  1. Cleveland Browns- DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  2. San Francisco 49ers- QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
  3. Chicago Bears- S Jamal Adams, LSU
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars- RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
  5. Tennessee Titans- WR Mike Williams, Clemson
  6. New York Jets- RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
  7. San Diego Chargers- WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
  8. Carolina Panthers- DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama
  9. Cincinnati Bengals- DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  10. Buffalo Bills- QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
  11. New Orleans Saints- S Malik Hooker, Ohio State
  12. Cleveland Brown- QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
  13. Arizona Cardinals- CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
  14. Philadelphia Eagles- TE O.J Howard, Alabama
  15. Indianapolis Colts- WR John Ross, Washington
  16. Baltimore Ravens- CB Sidney Jones, Washington
  17. Washington Redskins- S Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  18. Tennessee Titans- S Budda Baker, Washington
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DE Taco Charlton, Michigan
  20. Denver Broncos- OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
  21. Detroit Lions- CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  22. Miami Dolphins- LB Tim Williams, Alabama
  23. New York Giants- QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
  24. Oakland Raiders- CB Tre’Davious White, LSU
  25. Houston Texans- OT Garett Boles, Utah
  26. Seattle Seahawks- DT Caleb Brantley, Florida
  27. Kansas City Chiefs- DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
  28. Dallas Cowboys- DE Charles Harris, Missouri
  29. Green Bay Packers- RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers- LB Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
  31. Atlanta Falcons- LB Haason Reddick, Temple
  32. New England Patriots- OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

Browns Playing with Fire as Pryor Heads Towards Open Market

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, Cleveland Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said that the teams plans regarding wide receiver Terrelle Pryor have not changed.

The teams still wants him back.

Then, during the same press conference, Brown said that the team “won’t panic” if their leading receiver in 2016 is not on the roster in 2017.

Hmmm…you’re kind of sending mixed signals there Sashi.

Wednesday was also the deadline for teams to tag players with the franchise or transition tags. The Browns chose to do neither with Pryor and with no deal reached, the 6’4″ wide out is now seemingly headed towards the open free agent market if they cannot reach a deal by March 7 at 4 p.m. when teams can begin contacting unrestricted free agents.

Had the Browns chosen to place the franchise tag on Pryor, he would’ve received a one-year deal worth $15.7 million. Pryor and the Browns would have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal or allow him to play out the one-year deal. If another team signed Pryor the Browns would also have the opportunity to match or receive a first round draft pick.

Had they chosen to use the transition tag on Pryor, the one-year deal would be for $13.3 million. The team would still have an opportunity to match any deal Pryor received but would get no compensation if they let him go. The deadline for a long-term deal would also be extended an extra week to July 22.

By choosing to use neither tag, the Browns are playing with fire. Pryor has zero reason to agree to a contract by March 7 after the team failed to complete a deal while they had basically exclusive rights on the emerging playmaker. On top of that, the comments made on Wednesday by Brown, who in most cases I have given the benefit of the doubt, makes it sound like the Cleveland Browns are once again the smartest team in the room.

Pryor is not an elite number one receiver at this point in his career and one of the tags would have been likely overpaying a guy with only one season of production, but they would have allowed the team to maintain nearly exclusive rights on one of their best players and given the team a chance to continue to change the way other teams look at the fledgling franchise.

Once his time comes on the open market, what will keep Pryor true to Cleveland? Yes, he has stated his love for the team, the city, and head coach Hue Jackson, but Pryor, more than anything, wants to win and get paid. If a team like the Philadelphia Eagles, who have their quarterback in place for the 2017 and look to be on the rise offers Pryor a deal for anything near what the Browns offer, why wouldn’t he be intrigued?

The Browns are still years away from contending. They have no answer to the never-ending quarterback question. They are still looked as a joke of a franchise who has let talent walk away year after year. After reaching a deal with LB Jamie Collins, they had a chance to remove that stigma briefly if they could also bring back their number one offensive free agent as well. Now, it is anybody’s guess where this ends up going, but the ball is no longer in the hands of the Browns. It is going to be passed around like one of the franchises failed draft picks.

Pryor may be back. He may not. Either way, the fire department should be on speed dial in Berea.

Gordon to Apply for Reinstatement…Again

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon plans to apply for reinstatement to the NFL once again.

Gordon was conditionally reinstated prior to last season and was eligible to participate in training camp and preseason games but faced a four-game suspension to begin the regular season. However, before he was activated he went into rehab and remained suspended indefinitely.

The former second-round pick in the 2012 Supplemental Draft was a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2013 when he led the league in receiving yards with 1646 yards despite missing two games due to suspension. Over the past three seasons he has missed 43 of 48 possible games.

Gordon has been posting various videos and pictures on social media and according to his business manager Michael Johnson, Gordon is “in the best shape of his life.”

If reinstated, Gordon is still property of the Browns. However, it would be shocking if he remains with the franchise entering he 2017 season.

Browns Agree to Deal with Colquitt

The Cleveland Browns and punter Britton Colquitt have agreed to terms on a four-year deal. 

Colquitt, an undrafted free agent from Tennessee in 2009, averaged 45.3 yards per punt for the Browns after being cut by the Denver Broncos. 
With Colquitt now in the fold and Isaiah Crowell tendered earlier on Tuesday, only Austin Pasztor and Terrelle Pryor remain unsigned. 

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Deshaun Watson

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

Name: Deshaun Watson

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 210 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Clemson

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Mid Round 1-Late Round 2

Strengths: Throws a catchable ball…can make all the necessary throws…has enough arm strength but won’t wow anyone…accuracy is solid…EXCELLENT character…great teammate…TRUE leader…average pocket presence…mobile….can be dual threat, but more of a pocket guy…confident in his abilities…hard worker…winner…comes into the draft with a lot of upside…plays it cool in the biggest moments…has incredible and unteachable intangibles…

Weaknesses: Needs to get bigger but think he has frame to add 20 pounds…ball placement is a big problem and led to many ball security (interceptions) issues even when his man won the one on one matchup…inaccurate at times…footwork needs to improve, throws high a lot…needs to work through his progressions better…stares down primary option…like many college kids has little experience under center…

Summary: Watson’s intangibles are off of the charts. He is a true leader who commands his huddle and can will his team to victory. Love his upside but there are many things he needs to work on. If he can improve his footwork and adjust to an NFL offense and being under center, he can continue winning at the next level. He will also need to add some weight. Overall, he is a coaches dream, as long as that coach wants to teach him and work with him a lot before sending him onto the field.

Up Next: Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer

Previously: Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes

Browns Re-Sign Hughlett

After years of letting talent get away, the Cleveland Browns most recent front office said that they would make sure they would not let that trend continue. So far this offseason, they’ve kept their word.

After re-signing linebacker Jamie Collins, the Browns have agreed to a six-year deal with longsnapper Charlie Hughlett, that according to his agent makes him the highest paid long snapper in the NFL:

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The 6’4″, 248 pound, Hughlett is in second season with the Browns after being undrafted out of Central Florida.

If there is any indication of how good Hughlett has been as a long snapper, just ask Browns fans who he is. The fact that seven out of nine people I spoke with tonight were clueless as to who he was means he has done a very good job.

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Pat Mahomes

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

Name: Patrick Mahomes II

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 215 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Texas Tech

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Round 1-2

strengths:  Incredible arm talent…shows great touch…possibly the strongest arm in the draft…accuracy has gotten better from his freshman year until now…great improvisation…stays in pocket even as things break down…delivers the ball from so many angles, but always with elite velocity behind it…probably the most fun quarterback to watch in 2017 draft…shows on field swagger…has unbelievable belief in his arm…can squeeze the ball into the tightest of windows, even with strange-looking mechanics at times…always looks for the big play…athletic…has everything you want in a quarterback that is absolutely uncoachable…

Weaknesses: Tendency to trust his arm too much…holds on to the ball while looking for the big play too often…comes from an air raid offense…needs to improve anticipation…mechanics go absolutely terrible at times, but with him it is a gift and a curse…may take a few years to fully develop while making his head coach go nuts…

Summary: Mahomes is a joy to watch. He could be the biggest value at quarterback in this draft because the sky is the ceiling if everything falls into place for this talented kid. He is either going to be Jay Cutler with Johnny Manziel’s improvisation ability or he will be the next Brett Favre.

Up Next: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson

Previously: North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Mitch Trubisky

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

Name: Mitch Trubisky

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 220 pounds

Throws: Right

School: North Carolina

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Top 15 overall

strengths:  Very accurate…throws a catchable ball…shows great anticipation…leader on the field and off…athletic and will surprise people at combine…throws with a strong base…solid mechanics…good velocity…great on short to intermediate routes, decent deep ball…goes through progressions well…looks off safety well…shows above average pocket presence, especially given minimal playing time…will only get better as he plays more…extremely coachable and smart, a true football loving gym rat.

Weaknesses: May not be as big as listed, want to see how tall he truly is at combine…velocity looks good on tape, need to see how hard he actually throws at combine. I like to see 56 mph or above from an elite QB prospect…has tendency to throw off back foot at times when rush in his face…limited playing time in college…

Summary: Trubisky looks the part of an elite quarterback prospect. The limited playing time does have me worried some, but the playing time he did have shows a quarterback with little weaknesses in his game. His ceiling might not be as high as some, but he is the safest of all of the quarterbacks in the 2017 draft and at worst will be an Andy Dalton or Alex Smith type quarterback.

Up Next: Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes

Previously: Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Tyrod Taylor

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

Name: Tyrod Taylor

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 215 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Virginia Tech

Draft Spot or Projection: 6th Round 180th overall (2011)

Strenghths: Taylor is accurate…shows good anticipation…excellent movement in the pocket…keeps his eyes upfield while navigating the blitz…above average arm strength…solid velocity…a great competitor who feeds off of others doubting his abilities…believes in his abilities 110%…leader…hard worker…gym rat…extremely smart…athletic…

Weaknesses: Lacks NFL size…gets a lot of balls batted down at the line, but did improve on that during his second season as a starter…can telegraph throws at times…may believe too much in his abilities at times and will force throws…

Summary: If the Bills decide to cut Taylor because they owe him at least $27.5 million, teams will likely be all over the former Bills and Ravens quarterback. While he isn’t a top 10 guy, he is good enough to lead a team into the playoffs, but will only get as far as the talent around him will allow him.

Up Next: North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

Previously: Bengals QB AJ McCarron

Dawg Biscuits: Myles Doesn’t Want to Be a Brown?

***Dawg Biscuits is a daily rundown of thoughts, news, and opinions on the Cleveland Browns.***

  • A video came out this weekend of possible number one overall pick and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett pleading with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to trade up for him. In it, Garrett tells Jones that he should trade Tony Romo and picks to the Browns so that they can take him number one overall and he can be a Cowboy. Browns fans are losing their minds about this and it is so unnecessary. Yes, Garrett would prefer to be a Cowboy and yes, he did say he didn’t want to play for a cold weather city, but in another video, posted on twitter by Fox 26 (Houston) sports director Mark Berman Garrett talks about wanting to be a Brown. There are two sides to all stories and unless he pulls an Elway or an Eli he should be the number one pick. He is a talented monster.
  • Many people have talked about how deep this edge rush class is in the 2017 NFL Draft, with as many as seven guys going in round one. That talk has brought about the argument that the Browns should take a quarterback (which is not as deep a unit) at number one. No. NO, they should not. This quarterback class is filled with questions all around. At number one, the Browns need a sure thing and Garrett, who is clearly the best edge rusher available, is the closest to a sure thing you can find.
  • While the quarterback class is weak, I am still among the few that think North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky can be a very good NFL QB. The kid has everything you want in a franchise signal caller.
  • Speaking of Trubisky, the fact that he was not a starter until 2016, as  a redshirt junior, has been brought up ad nauseam. Carson Wentz sat for years behind a guy who wasn’t an NFL prospect (Brock Jensen), let alone future starter, and how did he look last season? Pretty damn good. College coaches are paid to win games not develop NFL type signal callers. Marquise Williams, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings, was a good college quarterback and an athletic freak who helped his college team win ball games. Jensen won National Championships while keeping Wentz on the bench.Just because Williams started over Trubisky does not mean Trubisky won’t be an excellent NFL quarterback. It’s just a weak take.
  • More on this, last night Ken Carman of CBS Radio tweeted out a take from North Carolina quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf…
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  • The reasons most likely are that Williams was a very good college quarterback. Some guys are great college quarterbacks, but not suited for the NFL game.
  • Last thought on Trubisky…Biggest worries with him are his true height (hope he is at least 6’2″) and his velocity (hopefully clocked over 56 mph). Outside of either of those coming up short, he will most likely remain my number one QB in this draft.
  • My current top five in this draft at QB…Trubisky, Mahomes, Watson, Kizer, Kaaya.
  • Mahomes is rising because of what he can be. He’s a mix of Favre, Cutler, and Manziel…As long as the good outshines the bad, the future can be very, very, bright.
  • After releasing Josh McCown and Tramon Williams, the Browns have more than $100 million in cap space. Even with that, don’t expect them to go crazy in free agency. They will add some pieces, but they won’t go overboard.
  • The reason they have so much cap space is because they don’t have the piece that takes up most of a teams cap, a franchise QB.
  • That’s all for today. Want to finish off before I say anything about a certain growing legend that rides the bench for the Patriots…