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In Cleveland, hope dies last

Browns front office still has work to do

With the ongoing NFL lockout preventing rookie minicamp and any other team activities, the Browns coaching staff doesn’t have a lot to do right now.

But the same can’t be said of the front office.

Eventually this ridiculous labor issue will be resolved (probably, maybe) and when it does teams will once again be able to sign undrafted free agents. And teams that put in the work now studying and keeping tabs on those players should be able to get a jump once they are allowed to start signing people.

And there are plenty of players available that could help the Browns build some depth at key positions like running back, offensive line, defensive line and linebacker.

West Virginia running back Noel Devine, East Carolina offensive tackle Willie Smith or Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes are all players the Browns could be looking at.

Hopefully the Browns are doing their homework because they still need more players and this year’s group of free agents is considered to be one of the weakest in years.

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Former Browns quarterback Ken Dorsey retired from the NFL on Tuesday.

Who could forget those four games (three starts) that Dorsey made for the Browns near the end of the 2008 season?

A 47.3 completion percentage. Zero touchdowns. Seven interceptions. A quarterback rating of 26.4.

Good times.

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Finally, a charming story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that provides reason No. 172 why Pittsburgh is the toilet bowl of America.

According to police, a 17-year-old boy came across a PNC Park usher who was having a heart attack in his car, pulled the man out and onto the ground, went through his pockets and stole his wallet, then drove away in the vehicle, leaving the usher to die in the street.

The teen is not charged with homicide in the death of 58-year-old Michael Schacht, who was headed home after a 14-inning game at PNC Park on April 9. The suspect is charged with car theft and robbery as a juvenile, and police did not name him.

Police said Mr. Schacht was found unresponsive on Brighton Road on the North Side and was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No confirmation yet on whether or not the teen was wearing a Steeler jersey.

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