Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:29 pm
In what was viewed by Browns GM Tom Heckert as a negotiation tactic, linebacker Matt Roth requested to be traded by the team on Monday.
Heckert's response? "It's not going to happen."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Roth was among five restricted free agents that skipped the first day of Brown's voluntary OTAs this week. The Browns picked up Roth off waivers from the Dolphins last November and he finished the season strong with four sacks.
"It's really not a big deal right now," Heckert said, as quoted by the Plain Dealer . "First of all, it's not going to happen. It's like that with everybody. Normally when guys aren't happy with their contracts, the first thing that comes out of their mouths is, 'give me a new deal or trade me.'"
Posted on: March 22, 2010 12:11 pm
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns president Mike Holmgren has decided to draft a quarterback in the 2010 NFL Draft, and annouced his intentions publicly at the Annual Meeting on Sunday.
While the Browns have been busy overhauling that position recently -- sending Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson packing, while acquiring Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace -- Holmgren says the draft is a chance to find their potential leader of the future and get him into the system early.
"It's just something we have to do," Holmgren said as quoted by the Plain Dealer . "Why wait? I'm 61. I don't want to wait for anyone. We're going to have to do this."
"I think Jake will make us better right away. But we have to find the next guy. That's what we have to do."
Holmgren noted that the Browns have needs in many areas, so it would be difficult to justify using one of the Browns' first two picks on a QB unless there was a particularly attractive prospect up for grabs. He's not fond of Jimmy Clausen ("I wish I liked him more"), and while he didn't rule out trading up in an attempt to land Sam Bradford , he acknowledged it was not a realistic scenario.
Holmgren is said to like Florida QB Tim Tebow , and has already invited him to visit the team.
Posted on: March 10, 2010 10:10 am
Edited on: March 10, 2010 10:11 am
The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are actively searching for help at safety, in the wake of free agent Will Allen's departure to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The story notes that the Bucs are interested in meeting with both Gibril Wilson of the Dolphins and Brodney Pool of the Browns.
Pool is currently visiting teams, including the Rams and the Jets, but has yet to latch on with a new team. The Bucs are reportedly looking to meet with him when his schedule allows.
Posted on: March 5, 2010 4:33 pm
The Cleveland Browns signed Pro Bowl returner Josh Cribbs to a three-year deal worth up to $20 million on Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Posted on: March 4, 2010 2:25 pm
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns kick returner/wide receiver Josh Cribbs will likely announce a new deal with the team at a press conference on Friday at 5 p.m.
The press conference will be held at the 2010 Cleveland Auto Show at the I-X Center and Cribbs will sign autographs from 6-8 p.m. at the Hyundai display.
Posted on: February 16, 2010 11:36 am
Wide receiver Antonio Bryant received $9.88 million in 2009 after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed the franchise tag on him.
He had a career year in 2008, which resulted in 83 passes for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns.
Tampa Bay won't be placing the franchise tag on Bryant again this season, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because the price is way too high for a soon-to-be 29-year-old wideout who spent the better portion of the 2009 season battling a knee injury.
The Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots could be interested in Bryant.
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:14 pm
Receiver Donte' Stallworth, who was cut by the Cleveland Browns on Monday, will work out for the Lions, according to the Detroit News.
Stallworth's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, would not confirm nor deny the report.
Stallworth entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick in 2002 and was suspended for the 2009 season after pleading guilty to felony DUI manslaughter.
Posted on: January 8, 2010 2:27 pm
Browns Pro Bowl all-purpose star Josh Cribbs cleaned out his locker and said his goodbyes to some people, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Cribbs said a trade request will come next.
Cribbs, who has three years remaining on his contract at just over $1 million a year, was given a $1.4 million a year offer.
"I'm not just insulted by the number, but by the fact they consider me just a kick returner," Cribbs said.