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Beckham and Landry Are Cover Boys for the 2019 NFL Preview for Sports Illustrated

The Browns have been the talk of the NFL since the moment the team made a massive offseason deal for star wide out Odell Beckham Jr.

The team is still the favorites to win the AFC North, a division they have never won, and with a mix of young exciting players and vets, the pressure will be on for this team with a lot of hype behind them to win and win now.

Now there’s even more pressure on for winning in 2019, as today Sports Illustrated showed off their new cover with who else on the cover – Wide outs Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry.

The pair are on the cover for the latest magazine with their preview for the upcoming NFL season.

Check out the pic of the magazine below – released on newsstands this week.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Browns Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC North.

The longtime company picks the Browns, who made a ton of offseason pickups as the team to beat, as they say they will go 11-5.

Next up would be the Steelers, who still will win double-digit games, but fall a game short in the division to Cleveland going 10-6.

The third place team will be the Baltimore Ravens, who will end the year at 8-8. Last are the Bengals, who will win just five games going 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Browns Deal RB Duke Johnson to the Texans for the 2020 Draft Pick

At the end of the day, running back Duke Johnson got his wish.

The Browns today moved Johnson, trading him to the Houston Texans ending a saga that saw the third-year running back change agents and demand a trade from Cleveland.

In exchange for Joshnson, the Browns will get a 2020 undisclosed draft pick, word from Ian Rapoport from NFL Network is that the Browns got a fourth-rounder that can become a third rounder.

While the Browns lose a running back, they again add to their draft picks for the 2020 campaign.

The team has 10 picks in the 2020 draft, including extra fourth- (potentially third-), sixth- and seventh-rounders for trading Duke Johnson, Jamar Taylor and Corey Coleman according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Johnson joined the Browns as a third-round pick in 2015. He appeared in 64 games with 10 starts. He registered 1,286 rushing yards and 2,170 receiving yards on 235 receptions with 13 total touchdowns.

Browns WR Odell Beckham Missing Practice Due to an Illness

The Browns are without their top offseason pickup today, as Pro Football Talk reports that Odell Beckham is not on the field due to an illness.

The report says that “There was no further word on the nature of the illness or when the Browns anticipate that the wideout will be back on the field.”

With Beckham on the sideline, PFT reports that Jaelen Strong and Derrick Willies are playing with the first team offense.

Also on the field are receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway, as the team gets ready for their first preseason game Thursday night at First Energy Stadium against the Washington Redskins.

Phil Dawson Announces Retirement, To Retire with the Browns

Phil Dawson was never much for fanfare when he was kicking for the Browns during some very lean years in terms of wins by the Lakefront.

Now he will finally get the recognition he very much deserves.

It was announced today that the 44-year-old kicker is retiring, and that he will ink a one-day deal with the team that made him famous, having the chance to officially retire as as Cleveland Brown.

“To have the opportunity to come back home and retire with the organization and the city that I love is incredibly meaningful to me,” said Dawson.

“It only seems right to have the opportunity to do this with the fans that have been so good to me and my family.”

Dawson kicked for the Browns when they came back to the league in 1999. He was with the team through the 2012 season, and still holds team records for most career field goals (305), highest career field goal percentage (84.0), most field goals in a season (30 in 2008), highest field goal percentage in a season (93.5 in 2012), field goals in a game (six on Nov. 5, 2006), most consecutive field goals made (29) and most consecutive games with a field goal (23).

He scored 1,271 points with Cleveland, the second most by a Brown, and his 215 games are the third-most by a Browns player. In 2012, Dawson became the only Browns kicker selected to the Pro Bowl (Lou Groza was selected as a tackle).

“We are thrilled that Phil Dawson wanted to come back and retire as a Cleveland Brown,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam.

Browns to Place LB Clay Matthews Into Their Ring of Honor

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Clay Matthews wasn’t expecting the call, and he certainly wasn’t expecting what followed.

The Browns Legend learned he was headed to the team’s Ring of Honor when general manager John Dorsey surprised him with a phone call earlier this summer. It was a true stunner for Matthews, who starred for a whopping 16 seasons with the Browns before closing his 19-year career with the Falcons.

“I was honored,” Matthews said. “I mean, the Browns have a pretty good legacy of players in that group. We lived through that generation of players mostly in the 60s who were so successful, and to be included in that group is just an honor.

“It seems like they’re doing a pretty good job of picking talent around there, so I’m going to ride that wave. The Browns, even though they had a little hiccup for a while when the team went away and came back, that’s what you think of when you think of the NFL. At least for myself growing up, the Browns, Packers, Bears, those type of teams that were there from long ago. To be included at this level is just a huge honor.”

Matthews will be honored during halftime of Cleveland’s Week 3, Sunday Night Football matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. His son, Clay Matthews III, is a linebacker for the Rams.

“With that platform, gosh,” Matthews said. “To honor me at the platform and with that going on and having him here, I’m just honored. I’m honored by the Haslam family and the folks who think I’m worthy of doing it.”

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Browns Ink Former Utah Center Lo Falemaka

The Browns today signed center Lo Falemaka.

Falemaka (6-5, 303) is an undrafted rookie out of Utah and played in 35 career games with 22 starts. He’s a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection (2018-17), who initially walked on at Utah. Falemaka is a native of West Valley City, Utah.

The Browns’ roster currently stands at its maximum.