Browns re-sign LT Greg Robinson after strong season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Greg Robinson resurrected his career and resolved a major problem for the Browns last season.
He'll try for an encore.
Robinson, a former high draft pick whose days in...
Browns’ Mayfield racking up awards, leading Browns revival
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield's reaping rewards for his stellar rookie season.
Cleveland's cocky and charismatic quarterback was voted winner of the Joe Thomas Award — player of the year — on Wednesday by the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America. In addition, Mayfield, whose play has sparked the biggest one-season turnaround in club history, was selected AFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing three touchdown passes in a win over Cincinnati.
Boo Hue: Jackson set for frosty homecoming in Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) — 'Tis the season for giving, and Hue Jackson's about to get something before Christmas he can't return.
Fired by the Browns in October after winning just three of 40 games as Cleveland's coach, Jackson will return Sunday for the first time to face fans who haven't forgotten or forgiven him.
"I'm sure he'll get booed a lot, the fans will probably give him a hard time," said Browns guard Joel Bitonio. "I think he understands that, too."
Baker’s boys: Mayfield has Browns believing dark days over
CLEVELAND (AP) — The losing has slowed, but hasn't stopped for the ever-rebuilding Browns. They're in the midst of yet another coaching search, and the NFL playoffs are likely to come and go without them again this season — the 16th straight postseason since their most recent appearance.
But as Cleveland hit its bye week, and with six games left in another season going nowhere, optimism abounds around a franchise that has had little to celebrate over the past 25 years.
No-win situation: Browns can’t finish in tie with Steelers
CLEVELAND (AP) — When the ball deflected off T.J. Watt's left hand and fluttered to a water-logged landing, well short of the crossbar, there was nothing more the Browns could do.
Their 17-game losing streak was over. Without a win — or a loss. Nothing to celebrate.
Browns O-line still in limbo with Steelers coming up
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joel Bitonio doesn't know if he'll play left tackle or guard in Sunday's opener.
"I just do what I'm told," he said.
No one has told him anything.
Cleveland's offensive line remains in limbo — and mysterious — just days ahead of a Week 1 matchup with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Hue Jackson, who last week said he may shift the left side again, refused to disclose any plans following Monday's practice.
Browns toying with another O-line shift with opener nearing
CLEVELAND (AP) — With barely a week left until the season opens, Browns coach Hue Jackson is still tinkering with his offensive line.
Another shift could be coming.
During a conference call on Friday, Jackson raised the possibility that Joel Bitonio could be on the move again. The team slid him from left guard to tackle during training camp to fill the cavern created when perennial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas retired following last season.
Browns guard Zeitler sidelined with calf injury
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns starting right guard Kevin Zeitler will miss several weeks of training camp because of a calf injury.
The 28-year-old Zeitler did not practice Thursday, one day after being hurt and walking off the field with a trainer.
"Kevin is going to be OK, but he will be down for a little while," coach Hue Jackson said. "It is unfortunate, but we will get him back. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go in the next couple weeks or so. Those things do happen in training camp."
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joel Bitonio's sliding only a few feet to his left, but it's a seismic shift for him — and the Browns.
Less than one week into Cleveland's training camp, coach Hue Jackson moved Bitonio from left guard to starting left tackle, a spot vacated when 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas retired in March.
Only days ago, offensive line coach Bob Wylie said switching Bitonio this summer to left tackle was plan "Z."
Well, the Browns went through the alphabet in a flash.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The retirement of Joe Thomas left a gaping hole at left tackle for the Cleveland Browns.
Left guard Joel Bitonio is willing, but not necessarily eager to succeed his close friend at the position.
"If they want me to do that, like, cool, whatever makes the Browns better," Bitonio said. "But I think left tackle is the toughest spot on the line, and after playing left guard for four years, going on five now, it would definitely be different.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The massive hole on the left side of Cleveland's offensive line may be shrinking.
Needing to find a replacement at tackle following the retirement of perennial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas, the Browns used the first pick in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night on Nevada's Austin Corbett, a walk-on who turned into a four-year college starter and is versatile enough to play three positions.
Rookie QB Kizer showing strides amid Browns’ shameful season
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Amid the wreckage of another wretched season, the Browns may have finally found their quarterback.
Rookie DeShone Kizer, who has endured being benched and battered in his first year, rebounded from a four-turnover performance with his best game yet, passing for a season-high 268 yards in a 30-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
While he still hasn't led the Browns (0-11) to victory, the 21-year-old offered another glimpse of his potential and promise.
Low point: Browns’ Joe Thomas hurt, snap streak ends
CLEVELAND (AP) — The last great hope for the Browns faded Sunday.
Rock-hard and shatter-proof, Joe Thomas missed an offensive play, and he's going to miss many more.
Cleveland's iron man left tackle sustained a serious injury to his left triceps and could miss the remainder of another losing season for the Browns.
The 10-time Pro Bowler had played 10,363 consecutive snaps when he was forced to leave the field in the third quarter of a 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Browns linemen Bitonio, Erving out with leg injuries
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joel Bitonio's comeback from a major injury has been stalled.
Cleveland's starting left guard — and one of the Browns best players — could be out for an extended period with an unspecified knee injury.
The team said Bitonio, whose previous two seasons have ended prematurely because of injuries, got hurt during Tuesday's practice.
The Browns found a franchise quarterback, just maybe not their own.
Cleveland acquired veteran Brock Oswelier and a 2018 second-round pick yesterday in a stunning trade with the Houston Texans, who were looking for a partner to help them get rid of Osweiler’s $16 million guaranteed contract.
Browns acquire QB Osweiler from Texans
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns found a franchise quarterback, just maybe not their own.
Cleveland acquired Brock Oswelier and a 2018 second-round pick on Thursday in a stunning trade with the Houston Texans, who were looking for a partner to help them get rid of the QB's contract.
The deal will give the Browns more assets to perhaps trade for a future quarterback, and it allows the Texans to clear some salary-cap space to make a run at a starter.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are building a wall for their to-be-determined franchise quarterback.
The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern):
A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns will sign free agent guard Kevin Zeitler.
After giving left guard Joel Bitonio a five-year contract extension earlier Thursday, the Browns are investing heavily into their line by adding Zeitler, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can't be announced until 4 p.m.
Browns waive guard Jonathan Cooper, former 1st-round pick
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns waived offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, a former first-round pick by Arizona.
The team made the move on Tuesday in advance of guard Alvin Bailey returning from a two-game NFL suspension. Bailey was suspended for violating the league's personal-conduct policy after he was arrested on drunken driving charges earlier this season.
Banged-up Browns place Bitonio on IR, QB McCown still out
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are dropping like, well, the Browns.
Decimated by injuries since the season opener, Cleveland placed starting left guard Joel Bitonio on injured reserve Friday. They also ruled out quarterback Josh McCown for this week's game at Tennessee as he continues to recover from a broken left collarbone.
Bitonio's loss is another blow to the winless Browns (0-5), who have already started three quarterbacks, played five this season, and had no luck.
Browns rookie QB Cody Kessler still sore, practicing
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler still has discomfort when he throws, but says he's planning to play this week against Tennessee.
Kessler sustained an injury to his chest when he was hit hard in Sunday's loss to New England. Kessler threw during the team's walk-through on Wednesday and will practice.
Kessler said he's day-to-day with the injury, but hopes to be ready to face the Titans.