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.
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It's been a long time since the Browns DST was great for Fantasy Football but the new coaching staff is hoping to change things. The Browns hired Ray Horton to coordinate the defense after he and the Cardinals parted ways. The Browns will move to a 3-4 front and spent a lot of money in free agency to make the unit look good. Paul Kruger and first-round pick Barkevious Mingo will join Jabaal Sheard and Quentin Groves as pass rushers and the defensive line was fortified with the addition of end Desmond Bryant. The Browns will have big men up front, D'Qwell Jackson in the middle and a young secondary headlined by Joe Haden and T.J. Ward. With Horton calling the shots the team should improve on the 38 sacks and 17 interceptions they had last year while finishing 19th against the run and 25th against the pass. Save for some big moves we'd look for the Browns DST off waivers as a one-week replacement. (Updated 5/15/13)