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If you were wondering if Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson would survive the move from Dick Jauron’s 4-3 defense to Ray Horton’s 3-4 scheme, wonder no more.  Since Jackson – unlike 4-3 defensive end Frostee Rucker – remained on the roster past Wednesday, February 6th, his $3.6 million base salary is fully guaranteed for the upcoming season. If Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi and Rod Chudzinksi didn’t think Jackson would fit in Horton’s multi-front schemes, odds are he would’ve been released before Wednesday’s deadline. Jackson, who led the AFC in tackles in 2011, was the leader of the Browns defense second leading tackler on the Browns last season (behind corner back Buster Skrine) with 63 total tackles (to go along with 55 assisted). Jackson finished the 2012 season with two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two picks. His 3.5 sacks placed him fourth on the team. After missing 26 games over the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Jackson bounced back in 2011 and signed a 5 year, $42.5 million ($19 guaranteed) before last season. [Related: Joe Banner and the assumed departure of Phil Dawson]

Brandon Weeden welcomes the chance to compete: “I expect competition”

Brandon Weeden wasn’t born yesterday, and he knows his future is tied to what he does this off-season. Weeden also knows that there will be someone next to him ready to take the starting quarterback job.  He'ss in a tough situation, where there is more to lose, while gaining what he already had.

Ryan Mallett to the Browns likely won’t happen

There have been some reports that the Cleveland Browns may look to trade for Patriots back up quarterback Ryan Mallett with the addition of Michael Lombardi to their front office. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Browns aren’t expected to go after Mallett. Even if Lombardi wants Mallett, (which we don’t know) the rest of the Browns front office would...

What moves should the Browns make in free agency?

There is no question that there is a pretty sizable gap between the upper echelon of the NFL and the Browns. The roster as currently constructed is very young but the Browns could make some judicious moves that could help them speed up the process quicker and give them a shot to make a push for the playoffs in 2013. Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner said they arent going to make moves...

Ryan Mallett Unlikely To Be An Option For Cleveland?

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that the Browns are not expected to pursue a trade for Patriots backup QB Ryan Mallett. Cabot adds that Michael Vick is unlikely to end up in Cleveland, should even be available. She also mentions that Alex Smith and Matt Flynn could be potential trade options for the Browns in the next few weeks. It’s expected that the Browns...

Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly’s coaching staff continues to take shape with reported hiring defensive coordinator and offensive line coach

It’s been a long wait but Thursday provided some significant developments in the shaping of Chip Kelly’s coaching staff for the Philadelphia Eagles. For one, we know who will be the defensive coordinator for the next era of Eagles football. According to CSNPhilly, Billy Davis, who most recently was the linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns, will step into the position. So...

Report: Ryan Mallett Not Expected to Be Targeted by Browns in Trade

It appears that Ryan Mallett is going nowhere — for now. The Patriots’ third-year quarterback has been a rumored trade chip ever since he was drafted in the third round out of Arkansas in April 2011. When Mike Lombardi was hired by the Cleveland Browns, the AFC North squad became a likely landing spot for Mallett. The Browns are not expected to trade for Mallett, though, according...

Philadelphia Eagles announce finalized coaching staff under Chip Kelly

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Browns continue to be linked to defense

With ESPN’s resident draftniks releasing their second iterations of their 2013 NFL mock drafts, the Cleveland Browns continue to be pegged with having a strong focus on a pass-rushing linebacker. Mel Kiper Jr did not waiver from his first mock draft, placing Florida State’s Bjoern Werner as the next big thing to wear Orange and Brown. The Browns regressed on defense in 2012,...

McGinest: Time for Brady to have talk with Gronkowski

A year after catching flak for being filmed dancing on a badly sprained ankle following the New England Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, Rob Gronkowski TMZed it up again. This time around, the tight end was filmed performing wrestling moves at a Vegas nightclub while sporting a cast on his twice-surgically repaired forearm, which was broken in two different...

While We’re Waiting… Sunday morning reading

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 I’d rather the Browns run back Weeden than go with someone like Alex Smith. “There is no question that there is a pretty sizable gap between the upper echelon of the...
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