Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/17/13
“While We’re Waiting” serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. “When Joe Banner ran the business side of the Eagles, he liked to sign players before they reached free agency. Part of the reason the Browns have about $30 million left on the salary cap is they want to sign some of their current players. They will begin serious talks with center Alex Mack, a free agent at the end of the season. He will make about $5.5 million between his regular salary and a roster bonus. He is a major part of the line and has never missed a snap since being a first-round pick in 2009.” [Pluto/Cleveland.com] —- “The Browns must expand their horizons. The first step is to install artificial grass. This idea breeds as much polarization as the idea of a logo on the team’s helmet. According to stadiumsofprofootball.com, 18 NFL stadiums have grass and 12 have the fake stuff. In a city like Cleveland where tradition is valued, why go with plastic grass? Field Turf is not like the old Astroturf that became popular in the late 70s and 80s. That stuff was like playing on green-colored concrete. These new synthetic surfaces are much more forgiving on players’ joints, knees and elbows. Grass, especially in a climate like Cleveland, Ohio, cannot sustain much traffic if the Browns added more high school and college games on top of the pro contests.” [Delco/The OBR] —- “About the Corey Kluber Society. The Corey Kluber Society (CKS) — founded either last week or at the dawn of the Holocene epoch, depending — is composed of individuals all bound by their singular fascination with Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. The Society’s constitution, were it ever written, would very likely note that said individuals are dedicated to promoting awareness of Kluber’s talents despite what fascist metrics like “win-loss record” and “ERA” might otherwise suggest.” [FanGraphs] —- “Cameron was hampered by a couple of muscle pulls during minicamp, but the Browns expect him to be healthy for training camp. He is being counted on to be the team’s primary option at tight end. Chudzinski is familiar with Barnidge from their time together in Carolina. Despite limited use as a receiver during his career, Barnidge has shown impressive pass catching ability in the early going. Davis has a reputation for shaky hands, but the team believes he has value in short yardage situations. Smelley caught one pass for the Browns a year ago, but receiving is the strength of his game. At 6’2” 235 pounds, he lacks ideal size for a tight end, and is better suited to an H-back role. Smelley figures to get some work in at fullback once camp starts; and if he can prove to be an adequate lead blocker, he has a chance to unseat Marecic. As much as Chudzinski and Turner are associated with the tight end position, they don’t typically keep more than three on a final roster. With that in mind, Gronkowski – who has hung around for a couple of seasons, but didn’t see any game action last year – and undrafted rookie Tannahill have to be considered extreme long shots to make the final roster. Projection: Cameron, Barnidge, Davis” [Higdon/Draft Browns] —- Great googily moogily indeed. “As first spotted and tweeted to his followers by Howie Lindsey of the Louisville SportsReport, a Rivals.com site, the people in charge of laying out the College World Series banner on one of the dugouts missed a very large and completely unnecessary third L in the word college.” [Townsend/Big League Stew]
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