by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/27/14) A contract extension for Browns No. 1 cornerback Joe Haden is "imminent," reports ESPNCleveland.com. Haden is entering the final year of his contract and could command $12 million annually in a new deal.
Browns release eight-year vet D'Qwell Jackson
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/26/14) The Browns released inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, the longest-tenured member of the team. Cleveland cut Jackson rather than pay him a $4.1 million roster bonus due March 15.
“We had positive discussion with D’Qwell and his agent over the last several days, and we came to the mutual agreement to go in different directions," general manager Ray Farmer said. "D’Qwell is the epitome of class, leadership and professionalism. Every day of his NFL career, D’Qwell has been a solid representative of the Browns and the city of Cleveland, both between the lines on Sundays and off the field in our area community."
Browns facing big decision on D'Qwell Jackson
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/11/14) New Browns general manager Ray Farmer must decide by March 11 whether to keep inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and pay him a $4 million roster bonus or release him. Jackson, 30, made 139 tackles last season.
If the Browns retain Jackson, he'll count $9.4 million against the cap in 2014.
Barkevious Mingo asked to bulk up
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/6/14) New Browns coach Mike Pettine wants outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (6-4, 241) to gain weight and says he believes he can get last year's No. 6 overall pick to play like it, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Mingo had 42 tackles and five sacks as a rookie.
Report: Browns might franchise T.J. Ward
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/2/14) The Browns might be considering using the franchise tag on safety T.J. Ward, reports ESPN. Ward, 27, is an impending free agent who had 112 tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks this season.