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Browns RB Kareem Hunt Found with Marijuana in Car During Stop, Won’t Be Charged

Browns running back Kareem Hunt is back in the headlines dealing with police again, as reports say that during a traffic stop for speeding last week that Police officers found marijuana in his car.

Here’s the story from Pro Football Talk:

An incident report obtained by 92.3 The Fan says that officers from the Rocky River police department in Ohio detected the odor of marijuana after stopping Hunt for speeding. They searched the car and found “small amounts of marijuana located in 3 different locations” of a backpack in the back seat of the car.

Officers confiscated the marijuana, but only cited Hunt for the speeding infraction.

Hunt missed the first eight games of the season while serving a suspension under the Personal Conduct Policy. Hunt is set for restricted free agency in March, which means the Browns will have the right to match any offer for his services if they tender him a contract.

The story says that Hunt won’t be charged with a crime or cited by authorities.

Browns Interview Vikings Assistant GM George Paton for GM Opening

Vikings assistant general manager George Paton is at Browns headquarters today for his second interview for the GM job, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

If all goes well, he could replace fired GM John Dorsey soon.

The first interview took place Saturday in Minnesota.

Paton, who would have final say over roster decisions, was reluctant to accept the initial interview because he assumed the job would go to the other finalist, Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry, a league source told cleveland.com.

But he agreed to it for a chance to work with new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, with whom he spent 13 years in Minnesota, Paton’s entire tenure there. In that span, Paton and Stefanski helped take the Vikings to the playoffs six times, including the NFC Championship game twice.

Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. Has Core Muscle Surgery

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has undergone successful core muscle surgery according to the team’s Twitter account.

Beckham played through the injury throughout the 2019 season, which could account at least in part for his fewest catches (74), receiving yards (1,035), and touchdowns (4) since his reduced four-game 2017 campaign that ended with a gruesome fractured ankle.

The Browns suggested his recovery timeline will be similar to Kareem Hunt’s, who underwent sports hernia surgery in training camp and was clicking on all cylinders by the time his eight-game suspension had ended. Beckham turns 28 in November.

Browns Ask to Speak to Colts Assistant GM Ed Dodds, to Team with 49ers DC Robert Saleh

The Browns have requested permission to interview Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds, who would pair with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Saleh, believed to be one of the Browns’ top candidates of their remaining seven, worked with Dodds in Seattle. The Browns’ interest in Dodds was first reported by Dustin Fox of 92.3 The Fan.

The Browns have also requested permission from the Eagles to interview their former Vice President of Player Personnel for their GM vacancy, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which first reported on Dec. 29 that the team wanted him back in the fold.

Berry and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta, Harvard grads who had a great working relationship here, both favored Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, but then-GM John Dorsey, with the backing of ownership, promoted Freddie Kitchens instead. Both Kitchens and Dorsey were let go after the disappointing 6-10 season, and now DePodesta has a chance to land Stefanski.

Berry would pair well with Stefanski, whom he got to know during the search, and other candidates on the Browns’ list, a source said. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who’s big on analytics and interviewed job on Jan. 8, is another natural fit for Berry, who will likely also have other GM opportunities besides the Browns.

Browns to Interview Former Packers Coach Mike McCarthy About Head Coach Opening

The Browns have their first big name candidate coming to town to talk about the vacant head coaching position, as the club will chat with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Thursday.

The 56-year-old did not coach in the league in 2019 after being fired mid-season in 2018 by the Packers. The Giants will also speak to McCarthy this weekend about their opening.

Cleveland.com reports that if the Browns can land McCarthy, it may also open the door for a General Manager to come aboard, that being current Browns assistant general manager Eliot Wolf.

Wolf and McCarthy spent 12 years together coaching in Green Bay.

The overall record for McCarthy is impressive, as he won 10 of 18 playoff games including Super Bowl XLV over the Steelers in Dallas.

With the Packers McCarthy went 125-77-2 in the regular season.

Browns and GM John Dorsey Part Ways After Three Seasons

Four months ago the excitement and energy Browns fans had for the upcoming season could have been felt all over Northeast Ohio and the country.

Now on New Years Eve, the team is officially back in ‘rebuild’ mode yet again.

The final straw representing another rebuild broke on Tuesday when the team announced that the team and General Manager John Dorsey had mutually parted ways after three seasons on the job.

The announcement of the move came after Dorsey met Tuesday with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

“While John helped greatly improve our team’s talent and we are excited about the core players on our roster, we fully recognized that our team did not meet its potential on or off the field and additional changes in leadership give us the best opportunity for success in the future,” Haslam said in the statement.

“As the role of the general manager continues to evolve in this league, we felt there were areas that needed to be reassessed. Over the last 48 hours, we’ve had discussion with John about his role but could not come to an agreement on a position that would enable him to remain with the organization.”

Dorsey released a statement released by team as well.

“When I took this job, the history of this storied franchise and the passion of our fans was an integral part of my decision. It is that same understanding and desire to see these fans enjoy the success they are so deserving of that helped me conclude, along with Jimmy and Dee [Haslam], that it was best to part ways as they embark on the search for a new head coach.

“I know how critical the relationship is between a general manager and head coach and I also know how critical it is that the Browns have a strong leader in their next coach.”

Reportedly the issues between Dorsey and Haslam came over the fact that the pair couldn’t come to an agreement on a future re-structure of the organization.

Dorsey was responsible for bringing in coach Freddie Kitchens, who was fired after one season on the job as the team slumped to a 6-10 season after going 7-8-1 in 2018.

There’s been rumors that the Haslam’s want to bring in Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels, and if that’s the case there’s reports that McDaniels wants to bring in his own General Manager.

The Browns have been the most unstable team in the league in the last decade, as pointed out by Pro Football Talk:

Since Haslam bought the team in 2012, only one coach or G.M. has lasted more than two years, and that was Hue Jackson, who had one of the worst coaching records in NFL history before he was fired midway through his third season.

Video: Browns Drop Final Home Game 31-15 to Ravens to Fall to 6-9

The Browns had a 6-0 lead but were unable to hold down Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, falling Sunday 31-15 to fall to 6-9 on the year.

Here’s the highlights:

NFL Week 16 Inactives – Ravens at Browns

Here are today’s inactives for the Browns home battle with the Ravens.

Ravens: QB Trace McSorley, WR Jaleel Scott, OL Ben Powers, OL Parker Ehinger, DL Justin Ellis, CB Anthony Averett, CB Iman Marshall

Browns: DE Olivier Vernon, TE David Njoku, WR Taywan Taylor, S J.T. Hassell, OT Kendall Lamm, OG Drew Forbes, TE Pharaoh Brown