Category Archives: Cleveland Browns
Friday was a rather slow news day, but there was still plenty to talk about. Dumervil remains the top free agent on the market since the contract/fax machine issue that forced the Denver Broncos to release him, and there were some more rumors surrounding him on Friday.
A civil lawsuit was filed Friday afternoon against Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, his brother Terrell, his girlfriend and two others by two women who claim they were verbally and physically assaulted at Richardson’s home in Columbia Station in 2012.
A year ago, the Cleveland Browns were able to steal away a Bengals defensive end in free agency because they were willing to pay much, much more money. That player, Frostee Rucker, received a five-year deal worth $20.5 million, and included a $5 million dollar signing bonus. Yet, two weeks ago, Rucker was cut by the Browns, who are moving to a 3-4 defense under their new head coach Rob Chudzinski.
According to ESPN Rumor Central Blogger Brent Sobleski, the Browns are at it again. This time, it’s Michael Johnson they’re after.
Johnson figures to hit big pay dirt this offseason, posting a career-high 11.5 sack season just before entering free agency. Johnson’s sack numbers, along with his freakish athleticism and length, have members of opposing fan bases drooling. He could project as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Browns. After all, the Bengals experimented with Michael Johnson at linebacker for two years.
The Bengals will need to work extremely hard to retain their two big name free agents, Michael Johnson and Andre Smith, and they may even need to use the franchise tag on one of them. The franchise tagging period began yesterday and extends until March 4.