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Browns LB Mychal Kendricks Released After Being Charged with Insider Trading

Browns LB Mychal Kendricks has been released after being charged earlier in the day Wednesday with insider trading. TMZ Sports has the lowdown.

White collar crime doesn’t sit well with the Browns — the team just released linebacker Mychal Kendricks in the wake of his insider trading charges.

Kendricks has admitted to breaking federal laws by trading perks for tips in a scheme to make an ill-gotten fortune. Officials say Kendricks turned $80k into roughly $1.2 million using private information that wasn’t available to the public.

Kendricks issued a public apology for his role in the scheme — accepting blame and saying he’s ready to deal with the consequences.

Those consequences could be steep — he’s facing serious prison time if convicted. And, since he’s already confessed, he’ll almost certainly be convicted. Clearly, the Browns want no part of his legal drama and decided to simply cut bait Wednesday.

Kendricks was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl winning team last season, and was expected to be a big part of the Browns’ D in 2018.

Kendricks has even been featured on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ this season — and this should be a very interesting storyline … if they decide to make his new legal situation a part of the show.

Returning WR Josh Gordon Ruled Out for Thursday’s Preseason Game vs Eagles

To the surprise of no one really based on him just coming back, the Browns will not have the services of wide out Josh Gordon on Thursday when the team takes the field against the Eagles at First Energy Stadium on Thursday night.

Here’s the story from the Plain Dealer:

“No, Josh is not playing this Thursday night. No,” Jackson said. “That’s for sure.”

Gordon returned from his treatment program at the University of Florida, but hasn’t yet been cleared to practice. His return to the field will be a collaborative decision on the part of his medical team, the NFL, the Browns and Gordon.

He’s currently on the active/non-football injury list, which permits him to attend meetings and conditioning sessions, but not practice.

All eyes seem to be on Gordon in terms of if he will be ready for opening day against the Steelers at home.

Free Agent Wide out Dez Bryant Leaves the Browns Complex Without a Deal

Dez Bryant’s visit with the Browns ended late Friday morning, but the two sides will continue to talk, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Bryant and his agent, Kim Miale of Roc Nation arrived in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon and stayed through Friday morning. A league source told cleveland.com that Miale and Browns GM John Dorsey spoke again on Friday morning and the two sides will continue their discussions.

Bryant was excited about the visit, which included time spent at the Browns facility on Thursday and dinner that night. Likewise, the Browns were impressed with him, but it was more a chance for the two sides to get acquainted and see if it was a fit.

One league source said early Friday morning that a deal was not expected today.

The Browns host the Bills tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Bud Light Announces the Cleveland Browns ‘Victory Fridge’ to Reward Fans When Browns Finally Win

On Tuesday morning, news broke that Bud Light will be introducing a “Victory Fridge” for the Cleveland Browns. The purpose of this fridge is to reward the fans when the Browns snap their winless streak that dates back from the 2017 season.

Below is the Press Release from Bud Light regarding the Browns’ Victory Fridge:

New York, NY (August 14, 2018) – A Cleveland Browns victory is about to taste even sweeter.

Bud Light and the Cleveland Browns today announced the creation of the Bud Light Cleveland Browns “Victory Fridge,” a smart-technology refrigerator that will automatically unlock after the Browns capture their first regular-season victory of the 2018 NFL season.

Beginning today, Bud Light and Ohio-based wholesaler House of LaRose will install the Bud Light Cleveland Browns “Victory Fridges” at bars that have purchased the fridges in Cleveland, inviting fans to gather at their favorite watering holes for a chance to be a part of the well-deserved victory celebration. At the very moment the Browns achieve that long-awaited victory, the Bud Light Browns Victory Fridges will simultaneously unlock, giving fans 21 and over the chance to enjoy the sweet taste of victory together.

Victory fridges will also be placed at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium and Bud Light will be there to help fans celebrate when the Browns bring home that first win.

“The Bud Light Browns ‘Victory Fridge’ is a fun way to celebrate and reward a fan base that has never wavered in enthusiasm or dedication for their team no matter what happens,” said Andy Goeler, Vice-President of Marketing, Bud Light. “We’re proud to show our support for Cleveland, and we’re always looking to bring NFL fans and friends together for memorable experiences.  It’s going to be fun to be part of the celebration when the team earns their first victory of the season.”

Powered by Bud-E Fridge smart technology, the Bud Light Browns Victory Fridge is the brand’s latest innovative technology to help create unique experiences for NFL fans.

“Our top priorities are to build a consistently winning team and to create unique experiences for Browns fans, and the Bud Light Cleveland Browns Victory Fridges will give our fans a special opportunity to celebrate our first win of the 2018 season,” said Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Dave Jenkins. “We have the most passionate, loyal fans in sports, and we are excited to partner with Bud Light on this promotion that they created specifically for Northeast Ohio due to Browns fans’ unmatched support of our team.”

To get all the latest information on the Bud Light Cleveland Browns “Victory Fridge” and other exciting programs, follow Bud Light on Facebook at Facebook.com/BudLight, on Twitter at @BudLight and on Instagram at @BudLight.

Check Out the Whole First Episode of ‘Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns’

Episode one of ‘Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns,’ was a huge success for the Browns and their fans from the reaction of Tuesday’s debut.

The next four weeks will be very interesting to watch as the Browns finally get to take the field against some other teams, but for now there’s no doubt that the first episode on HBO turned some heads.

If you missed the first episode, or want to watch it again, click the video below!

TMZ Reports Browns Rookie WR Antonio Callaway Had Gun Parts and Ammo in His Vehicle When Pulled Over

Browns rookie wide out Antonio Callaway has more problems after he was pulled over the other night in Strongsville.

TMZ reports that there was both gun parts and ammunition in his vehicle when he was arrested. Here’s the story from TMZ.

The cop smelled weed and searched the car — finding a small amount of marijuana under the driver’s seat … along with the backstrap of a Glock firearm and several rounds of ammo.

You can see the officer gets very serious when he finds the bullets and gun parts — ordering Callaway to put his hands in the air and stay put.

Antonio told the officer there was NO gun in the car — just the parts. The officer eventually verified Callaway’s claim, but admits to his partner he got anxious when he found the bullets.

In the end, the officer realizes Antonio is a Cleveland Browns player and admitted he felt bad busting him … since he didn’t appear drunk or high and was super polite during the arrest.

At one point, the officer admits he’s excited to watch Callaway play — saying he’s “fast as sh*t.”

Browns to Sit Down with Former Steelers Wide Out Eli Rogers

Monday it became official that wide out Josh Gordon would not start camp with the Browns after announcing he was going to stay away from the team for now for health reasons.

The team might dabble in the free agent market to fill the void, and one player they will speak to is former Steelers free agent wide out Eli Rogers.

Rogers sat down on Monday with the Kansas City Chiefs, but left K.C. without a deal in place.

One easy connection with Rogers to come to the Browns is the fact that he played for three seasons with the Steelers while new Browns OC Todd Haley ran the show, so he knows the offensive system the Browns are going to employ.

Rogers is still coming back from a torn ACL that he suffered in January.

The 25-year-old last season had 18 catches in 14 games with 149 yards and one score. The season before he was a lot more productive, pulling in 48 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

An Early Guess At Who the Browns 2018 MVP Will Be

The Browns have a season starting in less than 100 days, and with a long training camp and season upcoming, there’s plenty of chatter as to what player might shines better than the rest as the teams Most Valuable Player.

An article out on NFL.com talks about just what player they think will be the MVP for not only the Browns, but for each team around the National Football League for 2018.

The Browns MVP – author Dan Hanzus is going with DE Myles Garrett, a very good player that he sees having a big year in Cleveland this upcoming season.

Here’s what Hanzus has to say about Garrett this season:

Garrett showed plenty of flashes in his debut season, registering seven sacks in just 11 games. It makes you wonder what the former No. 1 overall pick can do with a full season of health and the comfort that comes with escaping your rookie year. Browns head coach Hue Jackson has publicly stated the need for Garrett to blossom into an elite performer, something that typically hasn’t happened for Cleveland first-round picks in the past 20 years. Still, Garrett projects as the most talented member of a potentially strong — like, for real! — Cleveland Browns defense.

What do you think of this pick? Do you agree? Leave a comment if you disagree with what player you think will be the Browns 2018 MVP.