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Thomas Moore

Trading Duke Johnson would be a big mistake

Looking for playmakers, Browns need to keep the versatile running back as an offensive weapon.

The Cleveland Browns created a seemingly enviable position last week with the signing of running back Kareem Hunt.

The trio of Hunt (2,984 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns in 27 career games), Nick Chubb (996 rushing yards, 10 combined touchdowns and 5.2 yards per carry as a rookie) and Duke Johnson (who averages almost 6.5 yards every time he touches the ball) gives the Browns one of the...

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Thomas Moore

Sunday Dawg Chow: Browns news (2/17/19)

More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s dose of the Sunday Dawg Chow.

Cleveland Browns:

Talking Kareem Hunt, special teams (Terry Pluto) - Not long after the Browns signed Kareem Hunt, some people were wondering if this meant the Browns would trade Duke Johnson. After all, Hunt would give the Browns three established running backs, the others being Nick Chubb and Johnson. Oh, boy. 5 defensive end free agents to target (DPD) - Defensive end may not be the...

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Thomas Moore

Length of Kareem Hunt’s suspension remains an unknown

Browns running back likely facing NFL discipline and speculation has him not returning until November.

The Cleveland Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year contract this past week knowing that he will be facing a suspension to start the 2019 season.

Just how long it will be until Hunt takes the field for the Browns remains a major unknown, however.

Hunt is currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, which means he is prohibited from practicing, playing or attending games...

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Thomas Moore

Jordan Brown a “player to watch” at Scouting Combine

NFL.com taps cornerback as player that Browns should keep an eye on in Indianapolis.

The Cleveland Browns surprised many when they used the No. 4 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft on cornerback Denzel Ward.

That selection paid off in a major way, however, as Ward quickly became the team’s best corner, made the Pro Bowl and finished the season as the highest-graded cornerback in the AFC North, according to Pro Football Focus:

2018's highest-graded cornerbacks from the AFC North...

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Thomas Moore

Saturday Dawg Chow: Browns news (2/16/19)

More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s dose of the Saturday Dawg Chow.

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Freddie Kitchens was known for being tough (cleveland.com) - All sports goggles and rough edges before a growth spurt put some height on his size, seventh-grader Freddie Kitchens didn’t look like anyone’s quarterback. But he knew the eighth-grade quarterback at Etowah Middle School couldn’t throw a lick, and if he had to sit behind a guy like that, maybe football...

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Thomas Moore

Jaylon Ferguson is John Dorsey’s kind of player

NCAA’s all-time sack leader may move up Browns draft board after being disinvited to the Scouting Combine.

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey loves nothing more than giving player’s a second chance.

That was true in Kansas City, where Dorsey drafted wide receiver Tyreek Hill despite off-field concerns, and again this past week when Dorsey signed running back Kareem Hunt despite Hunt facing a suspension by the NFL for his off-the-field problems.

Knowing Dorsey’s history, it...

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Jon Stinchcomb

Daily Dawg Chow (2/15/19)

More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s dose of the Daily Dawg Chow.

Cleveland Browns:

“If he follows the plan, Kareem Hunt could be a key player as the Browns ascend into the playoffs” (WKNR) - “Kareem Hunt makes all the right moves to change himself and win the trust of the Browns and the NFL.” “David Njoku ‘excited’ to play with Kareem Hunt” (WKYC) - “And despite the controversy surrounding the Browns’ decision to sign him, his new...

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Jon Stinchcomb

Daily Dawg Chow (2/14/19)

More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s dose of the Daily Dawg Chow.

Cleveland Browns:

“Kareem Hunt contract details revealed: Browns might not even have to pay him $1 million in 2019” (CBS) - “Not only did the Browns get Hunt to sign a one-year deal that includes zero dollars in guaranteed money...” “Kareem Hunt shows redemption favors the talented” (C-T) - “As I headed outside to look at the ocean on the first full day of vacation, I was...

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Browns TE David Njoku says he is 'excited' to play with Kareem Hunt

The Cleveland Browns were the first team to bite at running back Kareem Hunt who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs following a video that showed him kicking a female in a hotel hallway. Of course, Cleveland taking Hunt under its wing caused quite the controversy on social media. Though, there are some willing to look past Hunt’s actions and just focus on football. Browns tight end David Njoku is one of those people. "I'm really excited that he’s here," Njoku said, per TMZ Sports. "I...

Bleacher Report - Cleveland Browns

David Njoku 'Comfortable' with Kareem Hunt Signing, Excited About Browns Offense

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku told TMZ Sports that he's "really excited" to play with running back Kareem Hunt, who was acquired on Monday. "I'm really excited that he's here," Njoku said...

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Thomas Moore

Browns come out on top with rookie class

Cleveland takes home an “A” in NFL.com’s ranking of division’s rookie class.

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey walked into a perfect situation when he took over the role in December of 2017.

Dorsey made the most of the opportunity turning backup quarterback Deshone Kizer into starting safety Damirous Randall, acquiring wide receiver Jarvis Landry for a pair of third-day draft picks, and avoiding the temptation to go wild in free agency with the team’s abundant salary...

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Details reported on Kareem Hunt's deal with Browns

Kareem Hunt‘s one-year deal with the Browns includes a base salary of $645K, a $25K per-game roster bonus for each game that he is active, and a $55K offseason workout bonus, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. It’s not exactly a top-of-the-market deal for a running back, but it’s actually a better deal that the one Hunt had with the Chiefs prior to his release. Hunt will be able to earn $420K more from the Browns on a new contract than he would under his his old contract, had he been...

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Jon Stinchcomb

Daily Dawg Chow (2/13/19)

More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s dose of the Daily Dawg Chow.

Cleveland Browns:

“Kareem Hunt deal gives Browns no financial risk” (PFT) - “If the Browns had claimed running back Kareem Hunt on waivers in November, they would have paid him to not play for the last month of the 2018 season.” “Kareem Hunt to Browns: How he fits, status with NFL and more” (ESPN) - “The league will continue its investigation into this incident and two...

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Eight NFL players likely to be traded in the next month

The past few NFL offseasons have been defined as much by trades as free agency or the draft. From Brandin Cooks and Marcus Peters to Tyrod Taylor, it’s the new normal around the league. We’re not expecting that to change as the NFL prepares for its new league year in March. Some notable veterans — including a few Pro Bowlers — have been bandied about as trade bait. With this in mind, we look at the eight players most likely to be traded around the NFL over the next month or so. Joe...

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Thomas Moore

Should Browns take a look at Vinny Curry?

Veteran defensive end released on Tuesday after a disappointing season with Tampa Bay.

The Cleveland Browns need some reinforcements along the defensive line heading into the 2019 NFL season.

While much of the attention will be placed on the defensive tackle position, which currently only has Larry Ogunjobi as a viable option, the club can also use an upgrade at defensive end behind starters Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah.

One name to potentially keep an eye on is veteran defensive end...

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Ryan M Alton

In the Hunt For Relevance, The Browns Fumble Their Conscience

Just when we thought it was safe to root for the Browns again...

The Super Bowl is over. A week has passed since the first official day of the NFL offseason. Teams are knee deep in personnel meetings for coaches and scouts, getting ready for the NFL Combine and preparing for Free Agency shortly after that. February is typically a quiet time for the NFL. That was until yesterday afternoon, when John Dorsey pulled the fire alarm as everyone was lying down for a long winter’s nap.

Kareem...

ESPN.com - Cleveland Browns

Kareem Hunt to Browns: How he fits, status with NFL and more

The Browns are giving running back Kareem Hunt a second chance. Here's what needs to happen for him to play again and what that means for Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson.

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Jon Stinchcomb

Daily Dawg Chow (2/12/19)

More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s afternoon dose of the Daily Dawg Chow.

Cleveland Browns:

“Browns did not talk to woman in video during ‘extensive research’ on Hunt” (PFT) - “Dorsey said the team did a thorough investigation of Hunt, which included talking to domestic violence support organizations in Kansas City.” “With Kareem Hunt signing, ‘man of character’ becomes lip service under Browns GM John Dorsey” (ABJ) - “If...

Yardbarker: Cleveland Browns

Browns GM expects Kareem Hunt to be present for team's offseason program

The Browns’ decision to sign Kareem Hunt has obviously stirred up some controversy. Hunt is back on the commissioner’s exempt list and is being investigated for three off-field incidents from 2018. John Dorsey said, per ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi (Twitter link), the length of Hunt’s suspension may be known within a couple of weeks. Hunt is expected to receive at least a six-game suspension, and given that two other alleged incidents accompany the video of the Cleveland-area...

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Browns GM: Team did not speak with Kareem Hunt victims

The Cleveland Browns shocked the NFL world on Monday by signing troubled former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal. The signing comes with Hunt still on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after he was released by the Chiefs back in November. Said release came after a video surfaced of Hunt seemingly kicking a woman in a hotel back in February of 2018. Given everything that’s happened around the NFL, Cleveland’s decision to sign Hunt threw many for a loop. It’s...

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