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Browns analyst for and ESPN 850 WKNR and 1540 KNR2. Analyst on SportsTimeOhio. Author, husband and father of two. — Who will join Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw in the Browns' quarterback room in 2015? And what are the teams plans in general to further upgrade the position beyond the 35-year-old McCown? If he knows those answers, McCown's not saying. — By Tony Grossi INDIANAPOLIS More notes from Day 3 at the NFL Combine ... 1. The big buzz of the week was a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Friday afternoon that prospective Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was being tested for weakness in his right throwing shoulder. — Brian Hoyer and Browns GM Ray Farmer have texted each other since the season ended, but haven't been able to meet to discuss the free agent-to-be quarterback's future. "I'm sure he has other things on his plate," Hoyer said with a straight face. — The NFL has acted swiftly on Josh Gordon's failed test for alcohol after the season and announced the Browns' gifted wide receiver is suspended for a minimum of one year, effective immediately. The suspension is without pay. Gordon's scheduled base salary of $1.068 million for 2015 will not count against the team's salary cap. — PHOENIX, AZ At 7 a.m. Mountain time on Saturday morning, Big David Baker, executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, informed the 46 selectors of a "hard deadline" of 4 p.m. to pare down 18 finalists to the maximum of eight to comprise the Class of 2015. — Extra Points ... * Mike Pettine said holding Kyle Shanahan to his contract was discussed, but he and management decided to take the high road and let him jump ship. "It was something we didn't want ... to drag out," Pettine said. "It's very hard to win in the NFL when everybody truly wants to be there. — Hey Joe: What I've seen of the reporting on this story has been incomplete. What I know is that there were non-football personnel texting disparaging remarks about coaching decisions, play-calls and use of players to each other during games. It was like two fans holding texting conversations during games. — Shanahan had a previously scheduled interview for the Buffalo Bills head coach position on Thursday and had expressed unhappiness with pressure from non-football executives to play quarterback Johnny Manziel, according to a report by — The Browns nearly traded Gordon prior to the 2013 league deadline, but they refrained from giving him up for less than a first-round draft pick. National reports have said that owner Jimmy Haslam blocked a trade to San Francisco. A source said that deal would have brought the Browns a starting-caliber player and a second-round draft choice. — Coach Mike Pettine said, "I'm very happy for our players that have received the recognition of being named to the Pro Bowl because they are deserving of the honor. They have each worked extremely hard this season and have been great examples for their teammates.
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Mar 05, 2015

Every day a new team is linked to Marcus Mariota. By April 30, he will be no lower than the 2d player taken in NFL draft.

Mar 05, 2015

@gerrydulac @970espn I just happen to be swinging Taylor Made's these days.

Mar 05, 2015

@AStavrinos: do u think they grab DT in draft or fa??” // 2 DLs in some form.

Mar 05, 2015

"@sauuup you say you don't want more OL in first round, which I disagree, what if Peat is there at 12? // I repeat: No OL 1st round this yr.

Mar 05, 2015

"@mimi1222 @Adrian5968N Don't we need some good depth, though? Last year shows we do.// High first round not for depth.

Mar 05, 2015

"@SirMatticus is Denver's TE Virgil Green a low cost option on #browns radar? // for sure.

Mar 05, 2015

"@Bick_Pen are you closer to optimistic or skeptical with Gilbert. // at least he has some physical attributes.

Mar 05, 2015

"@OconRecon Has Petty moved ahead of the non-Marcus/Jameis QB draft options? // In my QB tracker, no. Still eye to eye w Hundley.

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