August 2, 2012 |
The Cleveland Browns have reportedly been sold by Randy Lerner to Jimmy Haslam for more than $1 billion. The deal, which needs to be approved by NFL owners before it becomes official, is expected to be passed by a vote in October. It's interesting news for Browns fans considering that in the last 13 years under the Lerner family, the Browns have had only two winning seasons. Haslam is expected to take a greater role in the day-to-day operation of the team. Haslam is president and chief executive of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America.
January 11, 2013 |
The Cleveland Browns named Rob Chudzinski their new head coach on Thursday, replacing Pat Shurmur, who was fired Dec. 31 after the Browns finished 5-11 this season. Chudzinski spent the last two seasons as Carolina's offensive coordinator. He has had two previous stints with the Browns as an assistant coach. He coached tight ends in 2004 and was offensive coordinator from 2007-08. After his first stint on Cleveland's staff, Chudzinski spent two seasons as San Diego's tight ends coach.
January 5, 2013 |
The Cleveland Browns are nearing a deal with Oregon Coach Chip Kelly to be their next coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday and he was also supposed to meet with Philadelphia. However, a person familiar with the interviews but not authorized to discuss them publicly says the Eagles are "heading in another direction" because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland. Kelly, 49, who turned down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, said Thursday night after Oregon's Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State that he wanted to get the interview process over quickly.
October 2, 2013 |
BUFFALO (2-2) AT CLEVELAND (2-2) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PDT. Line: Browns by 4. Over/under: 40 1/2. Sam Farmer's pick: The Browns are riding high after consecutive wins and a stifling defensive performance against Cincinnati. The Bills are banged up at running back and face a surprisingly tough challenge on the road. Browns 20, Bills 17
September 20, 2013 |
What in the name of Otto Graham are the Cleveland Browns doing? In trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in 2014, they pitched last year's No. 3 pick two games into the season and treated their real-life NFL franchise the way I handle my fantasy team. Don't like the results? Start trading! It's obvious that the Browns, despite their predictable claims to the contrary, have no expectations for this season. The individual players do, of course, because that's how they're wired, and there's no guarantee they will be on the roster tomorrow, let alone next season.
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September 7, 2012 |
Art Modell, a marketing executive who helped negotiate the NFL's first television contract and later enraged fans when he moved the Cleveland Browns franchise to Baltimore, has died. He was 87. Modell died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, the Baltimore Ravens announced. He had a history of heart problems. "Art Modell's leadership was an important part of the NFL's success during the league's explosive growth during the 1960s and beyond," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.