NFL Free Agency is officially here, and the next few days will feature several Cleveland Browns rumors. The Browns have already made several big moves and might not be done yet. With that in mind, here are a few of the more interesting rumors and news tidbits on the Browns.
Browns will to trade third-round pick if Kaepernick will take pay cut
News broke yesterday that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wanted to be traded to the Cleveland Browns to play for new head coach Hue Jackson, and the two sides have since been talking about a deal. Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot details the talks:
The Browns are willing to give up their third-round pick for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but the trade is contingent on restructuring Kaepernick's $19 million a year contract, sources told cleveland.com.
The 49ers actually want a second-round pick, but might be willing to take the Browns' third considering it's the second pick in that round, No. 65 overall. What's more, Kaepernick wants out, and the Broncos, who were the frontrunners in the sweepstakes on Thursday, are also reluctant to part with a high pick.
Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert after nine games last season, in which he passed for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions.
The Browns have major questions at quarterback (again) as the team plans to part ways with Johnny Manziel, leaving them with 36-year-old Josh McCown as the presumable starter. He passed for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions in eight games last season.
Browns sign two players
Cleveland finally brought in some new talent this offseason, though it doesn't come with the flashiness fans had hoped. The team announced they have signed OL Alvin Bailey and LB Justin Tuggle yesterday, both of whom are entering their fourth season. Bailey started three games for the Seahawks last season, while Tuggle started two games for the Texans in 2015.
Cowboys aren't interested in Manziel
The Browns officially released quarterback Johnny Manziel yesterday, and while there was some feeling during the season that there was mutual interest between him and the Cowboys, there seems to be no chance of him playing for Dallas this season. Via the Dallas Morning News' David Moore.
The Cowboys have been given a second chance to take Johnny Manziel.
They will decline.
A source said the club has no intention of bringing the former Heisman Trophy winner in for a visit or signing him now that he's been released by Cleveland. That same source said the Cowboys won't pursue the quarterback and doesn't forsee the club having any serious discussions about him, "until he gets his life back in order.''
Manziel appeared in 14 games over the last two years for the Browns, passing for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions in nine games during the 2015 season.Back to the Cleveland Browns Newsfeed