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Browns lose more than a kicker in Dawson

Browns lose more than a kicker in Dawson

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 19, 2013
Free-agent kicker Phil Dawson announced that he has signed with the San Francisco 49ers, ending his 14-year run with the Cleveland Browns. Phil Dawson #4 PKCleveland Browns 2012 STATS FG29 Att31 PAT29 Att29 Pts116 Long53 For Browns fans, you're either s…
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  • Weeden's grip on QB job grows stronger

    Weeden's grip on QB job grows stronger

    ESPN.com Mar 19, 2013
    When Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam declared last month there would be a quarterback competition, the team was linked to every available quarterback. Would the Browns bring in Alex Smith? Michael Vick? Matt Moore? How about Matt Hasselbeck? All of …
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  • Mike Tomlin: Read-option is “flavor of the month”

    Mike Tomlin: Read-option is “flavor of the month”

    profootballtalk.com Mar 19, 2013
    Count Steelers coach Mike Tomlin among those who thinks that the read-option offense is less a revolution than a blip on the screen. Tomlin was asked about the proliferation of offenses that run plays out of read-option schemes in Phoenix on Tuesday and…
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  • Banks: Some revealing nuggets from the four rookie AFC coaches

    Banks: Some revealing nuggets from the four rookie AFC coaches

    CNNSI.com Mar 19, 2013
    Don Banks had one goal at Tuesday's owners meetings: meet with each of the AFC's rookie head coaches, and learn something about their mindset. The results were interesting.
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  • Rob Chudzinski wants to create competition at quarterback

    Rob Chudzinski wants to create competition at quarterback

    profootballtalk.com Mar 19, 2013
    The Browns have scheduled a workout with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, but drafting a quarterback isn’t the only way they could go to challenge incumbent starter Brandon Weeden. And it doesn’t mean signing a free agent, either. That’s probab
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  • Harbaugh 'very hopeful' on signing Reed

    Harbaugh 'very hopeful' on signing Reed

    ESPN.com Mar 19, 2013
    A week ago, it looked like safety Ed Reed would never return to the Baltimore Ravens after taking a private jet to visit with the Houston Texans. Now, there's increased optimism that he could come back to Baltimore. Ravens coach John Harbaugh told repor…
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  • Browns' Bryant sued by Fla. family for incident

    Browns' Bryant sued by Fla. family for incident

    A Florida family claims in a lawsuit that they feared for their lives when Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant allegedly showed up drunk and shirtless at their home, repeatedly banged on the front door and ripped off a door handle.
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  • The Harbaugh brothers visit PFT on NBC Sports Network Tuesday

    The Harbaugh brothers visit PFT on NBC Sports Network Tuesday

    profootballtalk.com Mar 19, 2013
    We haven’t seen a joint appearance from the Harbaugh brothers since before the Super Bowl, but that will change on Tuesday afternoon. Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will sit down for a joint interview with Mike Florio from the o
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  • For Once, Baseball Has The NFL By The Short Hairs

    For Once, Baseball Has The NFL By The Short Hairs

    deadspin.com Mar 19, 2013
    It's the rare occasion that MLB has any leverage over the NFL, the most powerful non-Illuminati organization in America. So with the Ravens and Roger Goodell begging, pleading, and cajoling the Orioles to move a September game so the Ravens can open up …
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  • Win or lose, Bisciotti realizes change is inevitable

    Win or lose, Bisciotti realizes change is inevitable

    The Ravens’ reward for winning the Super Bowl has been an exodus of key players. Owner Steve Bisciotti believes it would have happened anyway. In a sit-down with Pro Football Talk, Bisciotti talked about the changes that the Ravens currently are endurin
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  • Lewis to Dalton: Stop listening to others

    Lewis to Dalton: Stop listening to others

    ESPN.com Mar 19, 2013
    As I've written previously on the blog, this is a big season for the Bengals' Andy Dalton to prove he's a franchise quarterback. He's led Cincinnati to back-to-back trips to the playoffs, but he's flopped in both postseason games. According to coach Mar…
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  • Browns CEO keeping “lightning rod” GM away from media

    Browns CEO keeping “lightning rod” GM away from media

    profootballtalk.com Mar 19, 2013
    Mike Lombardi was never short on opinions of the Browns personnel when he worked for the NFL Network. But now that he’s the Browns general manager, he doesn’t have nearly as much to say. Lombardi hasn’t talked on the record for any of the Browns bea
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  • John Harbaugh: Trying to hold team together “worst mistake” yo…

    John Harbaugh: Trying to hold team together “worst mistake” you can make

    profootballtalk.com Mar 19, 2013
    The Ravens have said goodbye to a slew of players that helped them win the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t bother coach John Harbaugh much. In an interview with the NFL Network on Monday, Harbaugh backed up the decisions being made by General Manager Ozzie
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  • Ravens owner hopes O's will budge for opener

    Ravens owner hopes O's will budge for opener

    ESPN.com Mar 19, 2013
    Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said his team and the NFL are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the season opens at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 5, so it's up to the Baltimore Orioles to give a little themselves.
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Mar 19, 2013
    The Bills would like a stronger police presence at their home games. The Dolphins will unveil their new logo in 30 days. Patriots owner Robert Kraft remains a lover of the Tuck Rule. The Jets re-signed LS Tanner Purdum on Monday. Looking back at Ravens …
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  • Browns plan private workout with Geno Smith

    Browns plan private workout with Geno Smith

    profootballtalk.com Mar 19, 2013
    Add Cleveland to the list of temas interested in West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Smith and the Browns have a private workout planned, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. It’s widely believed that the new regime in Cleveland isn”
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  • NY Jets coach Rex Ryan could have fate sealed in 2012-13 season…

    NY Jets coach Rex Ryan could have fate sealed in 2012-13 season, as new GM John Idzik continues to clean house

    nydailynews.com Mar 19, 2013
    Rex Ryan was seated between Marvin Lewis of the Bengals and the Falcons’ Mike Smith in the front row of the annual, yet ever-changing group picture of coaches taken Monday at the league meetings. One of the most intriguing questions of the 2013 season:
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  • Video - Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti addresses offseason moves 04:23

    Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti addresses offseason moves

    Mar 19
    Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti talks about his team's offseason moves from the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

Sports Columnists

  • NFL owners meetings - RB helmet rule meets resistance

    Mar 19
    The running back helmet rule met resistance, but other rules were approved at the owners meetings, writes John Clayton.
  • Don Banks: Some revealing nuggets from the four rookie AFC coaches

    Mar 19
    PHOENIX -- Tuesday morning was the media's chance to share breakfast with the AFC head coaches at the NFL annual meeting, and it just happens to work out that there's a rookie head coach in each of the conference's four divisions: Jacksonville's Gus Bra…
  • Peter King: Many approaches during General Managers' Week, but which is ri…

    Mar 19
    PHOENIX -- There's one week a year that I think of as the General Managers' Week, and we've reached the end of it. The first week of free agency highlights the different jobs general managers have in the league, and what I've done here at the annual spr…
  • NFL owners meetings - Proposed RB helmet rule is only fair

    Mar 19
    Defensive players have been forced to adjust for safety's sake, so offensive players should, too, writes Jeffri Chadiha.