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Successful NFL franchises are built upon the cyclical nature of the athletes on their team. The team drafts new players to be taken under the wing of veteran players in their prime, and the front office supplements the roster with useful but inexpensive players for depth. The prime veteran players are allowed to leave before

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Alex Mack, Andrew Hawkins, Brandon Weeden and Tribe outfielders: While We’re Waiting Weekend

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It’s early on a Saturday morning, and I’ve been a bit out of the loop lately, so I figured I’d fire up a weekend edition of While We’re Waiting. I’ve been thinking a lot about NFL free agency. It’s really hard to figure exactly what the Browns have accomplished this off-season because they did kind

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Jets expressing interest in TJ Ward


The New York Jets would like to improve their secondary (in addition to three or four other areas of their football team) and a “person of interest” is strong safety TJ Ward. Jets priority on defense is to their strengthen secondary: Browns safety T.J. Ward is also on their Persons of Interest list. #nyj —

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Browns assign transition tag to Alex Mack; TJ Ward to hit free agent market


Apparently, those meetings we heard about did not provide much in the way of success regarding a long-term contract extension with Alex Mack. In a bit of a surprise move, the Cleveland Browns have decided to place the transition tag on the Pro Bowl center. Browns are placing the transition tag on center Alex Mack,

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The Browns have a lot of money, so why not just spend it all?

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Even before we can get into what the Cleveland Browns should do with their numerous draft picks, we’ll start to get some clues about their goals this season by what they do with free agency. We’ve learned quite a bit already as the Browns made the decision to cut D’Qwell Jackson last week. The agent

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Ray Farmer will lay the foundation for the team in the next three weeks

The NFL combine is wrapping up, and for Cleveland’s new collective brain trust, the next few weeks will be setting a foundation for the 2014 season and beyond. After the scouting combine closes on Tuesday, the Browns will put together their plan of attack for the off-season. The first order of business will be making

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Is the franchise tag in store for TJ Ward?

In his latest “Hey Tony!” column for ESPN Cleveland, Browns beat writer Tony Grossi says that he’s “getting a sense” that the team may be using the franchise tag on strong safety TJ Ward. Ward and (coincidentally) Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd highlight the potential free-agent safety market. The hard-hitting Browns safety graded out as a top-three

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Animated: Josh Gordon pulls in a touchdown, gets upended by TJ Ward


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon made the most out of his trip to the 2014 Pro Bowl, hauling in six passes, including a touchdown, for 66 yards. The touchdown, a 10-yarder, came from the hand of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and included some fancy footwork by the All-Pro recevier. In a play that

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Video: Vote for TJ Ward, 2014 Pro Bowl Commercial

He has the numbers. He has the pedigree. And now he has the commercial. [Related: The Strong Safety]

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The Strong Safety

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TJ Ward is a hard-hitting, pick-sixing, edge-maintaining, tough sonovagun. Like many of us, TJ Ward has stigmas, and he has supporters. TJ Ward has a bit of a reputation as a head-hunter, having fallen victim to many a personal foul penalties and, most recently, was on the antagonistic end of a hit that ended a big-market

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Cleveland Browns lose 27-26 thanks to key pass interference call

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You really can’t spend a lot of time talking about NFL football and talking about refereeing. It has a tendency to go both ways and good teams overcome all kinds of bad calls all the time. It’s a part of the game, period. Of course I open my recap that way because today is not

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Browns’ play pulls the plug on FirstEnergy Stadium

There is a palpable irony to having a stadium branded with “FirstEnergy” be barren by the start of the fourth quarter in what is billed as a “rivalry” contest. With wind chill measures in the lowest of double figures and a Cleveland Browns point total stuck at the lowest of offensively-derived possibilities, the death march

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Cleveland Browns Game 6: Winners and Losers


Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers. The Browns snapped a three game winning streak against the Lions on Sunday. Most of the damage seemed to be self-inflicted. Today should be fun. LOSER: Zebras and penalties. The Browns didn’t lose because

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WFNY Stats and Info: Browns success vs. the pass

Coming into the season the Brown’s secondary was a huge concern. With Chris Owens being the only real addition to the group since 2012 expectations were very low for the group who besides Joe Haden and TJ Ward was pedestrian at best. However, in 2013 the Browns secondary has played superbly. Through five games the

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A Cleveland fan’s attempt to not read too much into Shamarko Thomas

As the Pittsburgh Steelers were bumbling and stumbling through their preseason contest against the Washington Redskins, yanking down pass rushers and throwing interceptions to men roughly two feet away1, there was undoubtedly a silver lining in the Black and Yellow’s black and blue. Rookie strong safety Shamarko Thomas was everywhere, harnessing his inner Samoan, leading

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Browns’ Ward listed among PFF’s top 101 players for 2012

ProFootballFocus has recently released their top 101 players of 2012. While the list is not exactly littered with members of the Cleveland Browns, one of the two to be given a mention is strong safety TJ Ward ((Joe Thomas, “gold standard among pass protecting left tackles,” comes in at 34)). Slotted three spots ahead of Baltimore Ravens

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Browns secondary gets even thinner as Usama Young heads to IR

The Cleveland Browns have placed safety Usama Young on injured reserve due to a thumb injury that will reportedly require surgery. Young played in 13 games, 11 of which were starts. He recorded 52 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, defensed seven passes and recovered a fumble. He started in place of the injured TJ Ward

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NFL News: Browns’ TJ Ward heads to Injured Reserve

#Browns SS T.J. Ward headed to IR with bone bruise on knee, league source confirms. Expect some roster moves announced later today. — Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) December 18, 2012 Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal, the Cleveland Browns secondary took yet another hit this week as strong safety TJ Ward appears to be heading

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NFL News: Browns’ TJ Ward fined $25,000 as “repeat offender”

Cleveland Browns strong safety TJ Ward officially has $25,000 less to his name as the NFL levied a fine against the third-year safety for a hit which occurred in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. When Ward put the finishing touch on an attempted pass to Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, the team

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NFL News: 92.3 The Fan Reporting that TJ Ward Did Not Practice Today

There’s been some confusion on Twitter this early afternoon about the practice status of Browns safety TJ Ward. Initially, Joe Lull of 92.3 The Fan threw this bombshell out on the Internet in saying Ward had an unexcused absence this morning: We can report TJ Ward was not at practice, not at the Browns walk-through

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