NFL trade deadline might be a lost cause

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You get the feeling that the NFL would love to pump up their trade deadline, but as Greg Garber points out at ESPN, reluctance rules the day. It’s the only thing in a nearly 365-day NFL year that the league hasn’t been able to turn into an event. There are some examples of deals that


Joe Banner discusses Brian Hoyer and trading Trent Richardson

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We’ve already discussed Joe Banner’s Twitter account on these pages. Many still won’t even believe it’s the real deal, preferring to assume like many other accounts that @JoeBanner13 is a fake. Anyway, this morning Mr. Banner recounted what it was like one year ago today when he traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. a


Is this Trent Richardson’s last chance to prove he’s not a bust?


This season marks Trent Richardson’s last chance to claim he isn’t an NFL draft bust. While many consider him an unmitigated bust already (“Two yards per carry!”), he’s still a physical specimen that will make just about any coaching staff think they can work with him. And there are some mitigating factors for his struggles


What would it look like if the Browns traded for Mike Wallace?


There was a sense of relief that the Cleveland Browns didn’t sign Mike Wallace last off-season after the details of his contract emerged. The fact is, as badly as the Cleveland Browns needed help at receiver, it was an absurdly large contract. How absurd? Now that there’s been a shakeup in the Dolphins front office


D’Qwell Jackson follows Chud, T-Rich to Indianapolis Colts


The Browns were kind to give D’Qwell Jackson a chance to sell himself around the NFL and make the best choice for himself. As it turns out, the best choice was in Indianapolis where Jackson is reported to be pulling a 4-year deal worth $22 million ($11 million guaranteed) with the Colts. Jackson follows former


Cleveland Browns say farewell to their leader, release D’Qwell Jackson


Once upon a time I thought that D’Qwell Jackson was going to be cut by Joe Banner for financial reasons. Now it appears that the financial reasons were good enough for Ray Farmer as well. Mary Kay Cabot reports that the Browns have said goodbye to the team’s long-tenured linebacker and leader after eight seasons


Indianapolis Colts hire Rob Chudzinski as special assistant

"Back-handed? Really?"

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski will be joining the Indianapolis Colts as a special assistant, the team announced on Saturday. The Browns fired Chudzinski, 45, on Dec. 29 after their final game of the season. Cleveland eventually replaced him with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Over in Indianapolis, Chudzinski will join the


How can the Browns improve their rushing attack for 2014?

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Hey, you guys know me by this point. Any chance I get to talk about the Trent Richardson trade… Kidding. Kidding. I do want to talk about running the football, however. More specifically, how the Cleveland Browns might go about doing it in the future. This obviously doesn’t include Trent Richardson, but the Browns will need


Making the case for the Cleveland Browns and Johnny Manziel

It’s a divisive topic. Every time anything hits the WFNY Facebook page regarding Johnny Manziel, there’s an immediate split among fans who love the idea of Johnny Manziel becoming a Cleveland Brown and those who are as opposed to it as if Johnny Manziel is a fierce combination of Ryan Leaf, Mark Sanchez, Michael Vick


The Trent Richardson Trade — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2013: No. 2

If you thought that 2012 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2013 proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, and appearances in postseasons and courtrooms. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last


Do you want the Browns to lose for the draft? – WFNY Roundtable


Craig: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, not for TD who prefers March Madness, but I digress. The holidays are here and it’s a confusing time to be a Browns fan. In the middle of fan appreciation week, there are lots of fans out there who probably don’t want the Browns to


For now, belief in Joe Banner overshadows Browns wins and losses

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One of the most interesting aspects of the 2013 Cleveland Browns is that despite the losses on the field, I’m still very satisfied with the organizational structure that’s been built in Berea. The organizational structure they’ve put in place is by far the most comprehensive of any I can remember since 1999, and that starts


Cleveland Browns embarrass themselves, lose to Jags at home 32-28

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This all sounds like the same Browns song and dance since 1999, doesn’t it? Joe Haden got torched by Chad Henne and Cecil Shorts to give the Jaguars the lead with 40 seconds to go in the game. It was an embarrassing play in an embarrassing loss to one of the worst teams in the


NFL News: Trent Richardson demoted in Indianapolis

Trent Richardson has been officially demoted from the starting running back position in Indianapolis, reports NFL Network’s Mike Silver earlier this morning. Richardson was traded by the Browns in mid-September for a 2014 first-round pick. In nine games with the Colts, he’s continued to struggle, rushing for 287 yards on 103 carries (2.8 avg) with


Audio: Craig’s chat with Joe Lull on 92.3 The Fan

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Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited to talk about my Browns post with Joe Lull on 92.3 the Fan. I always enjoy talking to Joe Lull because even when we disagree, he and I both have a common respect for the other’s thought processes, I think. Anyway, we spent about ten minutes


Cleveland Browns don’t get a second chance at a first impression


I really wonder how much of Joe Banner’s legendary arrogance is dripping over in Berea right now. We’ve all heard the stories from Philly about power struggles and ego that I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to assume the Browns are operating with a fair amount of arrogance, do you? How else can


Happy Hate Week, Ohio State and Michigan, plus some Browns talk with DP – WFNY Podcast – 2013-11-26

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This week, I grabbed WFNY alumnus DP to talk about the matchup with between the Buckeyes and his Michigan Wolverines. He talks about the season they’ve had, what he expects this weekend and what this whole year means to the present and future of the Michigan football program. Hate week and what chances Michigan has


NFL Draft Rumors: Browns heavily scouting running backs

The Browns basically have no idea what they’re going to do in the draft because they have no idea where they will pick and are constantly analyzing their own roster. Having said that, it’s reasonably to assume with their moves this year – most notably with the Trent Richardson trade – that they would be


Joe Thomas: Not sure running backs have a place in today’s NFL

Pat McManamon of published some interesting quotes from Browns pro bowl tackle  Joe Thomas in his post on Friday. The post centered around Thomas’ comments in response to being asked about Cleveland’s struggles to run the ball thus far this season. The Browns have only averaged 81 yards on the ground through nine games


Rick and Craig talk about the Browns headed into the bye week – WFNY Podcast – 2013-11-05

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Rick and I talked about the Browns game from Sunday. We also talked a bit about the Browns heading into the bye week. Is this one of the weirdest up and down Browns seasons in memory? How did the Browns come to play the QBs they’ve played so far this year? The nuance of talking