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Browns Ink Top Draft Pick CB Greedy Williams to Four-Year Deal

Greedy Williams, the Browns’ top pick in the 2019 draft, signed his four-year contract Tuesday and can now get down to the business of trying to win the starting job opposite Denzel Ward, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The deal is worth $6.5 million, including $4.1 million guaranteed.

Williams, who expected to be a first-round pick, tumbled to the second round, where the Browns traded up three spots with the Colts to take him at No. 46 overall out of LSU.

Williams worked primarily with the second-team in the first week of OTAs, but is expected to start this season considering his second-round draft status.

“Right now, I’m just focusing on learning the playbook and everything, getting the base defense down and just coming in ready to compete for a spot,” Williams said at rookie minicamp. “So my chances are where I take them.”

Browns GM Dorsey and Coach Kitchens in Attendance for Kareem Hunt’s Baptism

Browns running back Kareem Hunt said on Wednesday that he was getting baptized today. Sunday, he had at least two prominent supporters in attendance at True Vine Baptist Church, Dan Labbe of the Plain Dealer reports.

Browns GM John Dorsey and head coach Freddie Kitchens surprised their new running back by attending his baptism.

Hunt was cut by the Chiefs last November after video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway at a downtown Cleveland hotel. Dorsey, who drafted Hunt, signed him in February. The league suspended him eight games.

Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. Crushes the Giants in a Rant on Twitter

Odell Beckham Jr. crushed the Giants organization in a Monday Twitter rant as “a place that’s ok wit(h) losing,” clearly set off by GM Dave Gettleman’s frequent trolling of OBJ in allusions to his detrimental impact on the “culture,” Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

“Ask any one of my teammates of who I was as a teammate and a man and a person,” Beckham said in response to a fan who called him a ‘cancer.’ “Yes I’m cancer to a place that’s ok wit(h) losing because I want to win that BADDDD. Ur absolutely correct!”

Beckham, 26, called it “crazy” and “disrespectful” that the Giants only issued a stock Gettleman press release thanking OBJ “for his contributions” after his March trade to Cleveland.

“‘We didn’t sign him to trade him,’” Beckham wrote, mocking Gettleman’s empty pre-trade words. “You don’t get married to get a divorce … I tried my best, the situation I had been in since I got there never changed … we were still losing. PERIOD… money doesn’t bring happiness brotha… remember that.”

Beckham also spilled dirt on some Giants late-season drama involving coach Pat Shurmur and threatened to share more if his name keeps getting dragged through the mud by the passive-aggressive Gettleman.

“I gave them everything I had (every) Sunday. Just put some respect on my name that’s all I’m sayin!” Beckham said to a fan who’d pointed out Gettleman has been ‘disrespectful’ to him. “I ain’t sayin nothin, (and) trust me I got a LOTTTTT of info that people don’t kno(w) about so, so keep my name outcha mouth the way I do yalls! Ya diggg.”

Beckham tweeted he had begged Shurmur to be on the sidelines for the Giants’ final four games last season while injured but that Shurmur had told him “no.”

“Ask the coach,” Beckham wrote. “I beggged him to go to each and every one of those games actually for my team(mates) and to be on the sideline for the home games… he told me “No”,,,, anything else sir. (That’s to whoever tweeted askin why I didn’t travel while I was hurt….) next.”

Beckham, for example, laughed at a hype video of Manning’s recent workouts with current Giants receivers. A fan said “never saw one video of (Manning) doing this @obj on a CONSISTENT basis smh(.) see how they act brand new when homie gone.”

Beckham tweeted an emoji zipping its mouth shut. “*Takes the high road* I’m working on the best me! That’s all I can say,” he said.

Check out the Complete 2019 Cleveland Browns Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Browns fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Browns slate!

Sept. 8 Tennessee Titans 1:00
Sept. 16 at New York Jets (Mon) 8:15
Sept. 22 Los Angeles Rams 8:20
Sept. 29 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00
Oct. 7 at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 8:15
Oct. 13 Seattle Seahawks 1:00
Bye
Oct. 27 at New England Patriots 4:25
Nov. 3 at Denver Broncos 4:25
Nov. 10 Buffalo Bills 1:00
Nov. 14 Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu) 8:20
Nov. 24 Miami Dolphins 1:00
Dec. 1 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25
Dec. 8 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00
Dec. 15 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05
Dec. 22 Baltimore Ravens 1:00
Dec. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00

Browns Set to Shop DE Emmanuel Ogbah Following Deal for Olivier Vernon

With Friday’s deal with the New York Giants to acquire pass rusher Olivier Vernon, the Browns now be looking to move 2016 second-round draft pick Emmanuel Ogbah, as reports say he’s officially ‘on the trading block.’

Ogbah could be the odd man out when it comes to playing time in the Browns defense, with Olivier on one side, and Myles Garrett on the other.

Last season the 25-year-old had three sacks with 40 total tackles, but also suffered a high ankle sprain in the 2018 season opener against the Steelers, and while he missed the next two games, he never was quite the impact player the Browns were hoping for.

NJ.com reports that Ogbah, guard Kevin Zeitler and a third player were pitched to the New York Giants in a possible deal for wide out Odell Beckham Jr., a deal that NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala said the Giants ‘laughed’ at.

The Browns and Giants did wind up making a deal, as the Browns on Friday did send Zeitler to New York for Vernon, who is a player they are hoping with a change of scenery can have a big impact in 2019.

As for Ogbah, if the Browns can get some possible suitors lined up for his services, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get moved as the NFL free agency period begins next week.

Report: Browns Have Interest in Chargers Free Agent Wide Out Tyrell Williams

The Browns have plenty of money to spend, and they seem to be at the forefront of a lot of rumors about addressing the wide out core for the team.

The latest rumor from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com says that the Browns will “be of strong interest” of Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams.

Williams could get anywhere from $9 to $13 mil a season according to reports, money that the Browns for sure have to spend.

The Chargers receiver ranks 36 in the NFL.com top 100 available free agents, and is the third rated wide receiver on that list.

Cryptic Tweets by a Couple Browns Players Have Fans Wondering What’s Next for the Team

The Browns have a lot of money to spend this offseason on free agents, and they also have been at the forefront of a lot of chats about trade rumors.

With GM John Dorsey running the show, there’s plenty of optimism that it’s going to be a busy offseason, and there’s going to be some big new faces joining the team that could put them over the top into the postseason.

Today a couple Browns are tweeting out some rather ‘cryptic’ tweets in what appears to be the leading up to a or a couple of big moves by the team.

Wide out Jarvis Landry, tight end David Njoku and cornerback Damarious Randall all on Tuesday evening tweeted out some rather interesting tweets that can be read in a variety of ways.

With players names being bantered about like Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown as possible big players looking for new homes, who knows what the Browns could be up to?

Do you think these players might have the answer? Only time will tell.

Are the Browns a Darkhorse to Win Super Bowl LIV Next February?

The Browns made a late run and were in the playoff hunt in 2019, and now it looks like they are on the verge of being contenders in the AFC.

NumberFire today came out with an interesting piece entitled “3 Value Bets to Win Super Bowl LIV,” and along with the Colts and Bucs, the Browns are on the list.

Here’s what they had to say about Cleveland and their chances to win the big game next year.

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Never in my lifetime did I expect to consider the Cleveland Browns as a legitimate contender, but here we are heading into 2019 and things are finally trending upwards. Once Hue Jackson was finally fired, the Browns were able to finish the 2018 season 5-3 with a 8+ point differential. Over that span, Baker Mayfield threw 19 touchdowns compared to 8 interceptions. The rookie signal caller has brought optimism to the franchise for the first time in a long time.

Since 1948, there have been 82 rookie quarterbacks who started at least 10 games. Amongst those 82, Mayfield finished first in passing touchdowns, sixth in completion percentage, sixth in passing yards and sixth in adjusted yards per pass attempt. This kid has a bright future ahead.

Not only did the Browns hit correctly on Mayfield in the draft, they seemed to have cashed in handsomely with corner Denzel Ward and running back Nick Chubb. Cleveland had no issue putting Ward on the opposing team’s best wide receiver, and he played well prior to suffering some injuries late in the season. Chubb finished the season with over 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns despite not being unleashed until a few weeks into the season (upon the trade of Carlos Hyde).

While the defense improved last season, it still has a ways to go, but one thing that stood out was the aggressiveness, as evidenced by finishing second in takeaways with 31.With Cleveland having the third-most available cap space heading into next season, they should be able to invest in the defense, specifically on the defensive line alongside Myles Garrett. Having a potential stud quarterback and very exciting running back on rookie contracts will help the Browns address the rest of their needs.

When we look at the AFC North as a division, the Bengals have brought in an unknown at head coach and haven’t made the playoffs since 2015.The Steelers have uncertainty of their own with the Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell situations, while Ben Roethlisberger only continues to get older. And while the Baltimore Ravens showed improvement last year, teams got to see Lamar Jackson start eight games and show no threat of being an efficient passer (58.2% completion percentage and 6.08 net yards per attempts). This gives the Browns a strong chance at the division title for the first time since ’89.

Cleveland’s Super Bowl odds will only shorten up as they add key pieces throughout the offseason. Now is a great time to jump in and join them on the bandwagon toward their bright future.