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Should the Browns take a chance on Isaiah Battle?

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The NFL will hold its supplemental draft on July 9 with seven players eligible to be selected.

Joining West Georgia defensive linemen Darrius Caldwell and Dalvon Stuckey, are Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, UConn tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short, North Carolina Central wide receiver/kick returner Adrian Wilkins and the one player that could be of interest to the Browns: Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle.

The Browns are no strangers to the supplemental draft, having been the last team to select a player when they picked wide receiver Josh Gordon in 2012. The best supplemental pick in franchise history, and one of the best in league history, was the selection of quarterback Bernie Kosar in 1985.

So would the Browns go back to the well one more time and take a chance on Battle?

We weigh the pros and cons of Battle in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Brett Favre to the Browns? Get out of here!

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Five years after he last threw a pass in the National Football League, Brett Favre still believes he can play in the NFL.

Good for him.

More importantly, there is absolutely no scenario where the Cleveland Browns should even consider signing the 45-year-old Favre.

To see why this would be a disaster, check out our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Opinions plentiful when it comes to Johnny Manziel

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We are now into the second week of the summer break for the Cleveland Browns and all is quiet with nary an inflatable swan in sight.

But that doesn’t mean there are not plenty of people ready to offer up an opinion on second-year back-up quarterback Johnny Manziel.

To see what people are saying, check out our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Joe Haden at No. 23 on NFL’s Top 100 List

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Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden came in at No. 23 on the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 players of 2015.

The results are from voting by the league’s players, who moved Haden up 13 spots from his ranking in 2013.

Haden has been the Browns’ top cornerback since entering the starting lineup midway through his rookie season in 2010. Since then, the two-time Pro Bowler has grown into the best player in the secondary and one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. In 2014, Haden had three interceptions (giving him 16 in his NFL career) and had 20 passes defended.

To read the rest of the story, visit Dawg Pound Daily.

Joe Thomas at No. 25 on NFL’s Top 100 List

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Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas came in at No. 25 on the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 players of 2015.

The results are from voting by the league’s players.

The longest-tenured player on the roster, and without question former general manager Phil Savage’s best move while he was in charge, Thomas is the first offensive lineman in NFL history to earn Pro Bowl honors in each of his first eight seasons. He has also been a First-Team All-Pro selection five times.

To see the rest of the story, visit our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns 1964 Championship exhibit a fun look back

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We had the opportunity over the weekend to check out the 1964: When Browns Town was Title Town exhibit and it was a fun time.

The Western Reserve Historical Society exhibit features large informational posters of Jim Brown, Lou Groza, Gene Hickerson, Leroy Kelly and Paul Warfield, all Hall of Famers who played on the team; as well as video from the season; radio calls from former team broadcaster Gib Shanley; a recreation of a locker from the old Stadium; and playbooks complete with multiple offensive and defensive diagrams from the season.

Like many Browns fans we are familiar with the history surrounding that season, most notably from reading Terry Pluto’s 1997 book, When all the World was Browns Town, but for someone who was born shortly after what to this day is Cleveland’s last championship, it was still a fun afternoon of nostalgia.

To learn more, visit our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Tashaun Gipson willing to bet on himself in 2015

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Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson may have signed his second-round tender with the club, but that doesn’t mean he will still be with the Browns after the 2015 season.

While the Pro Bowler is willing to listen to the Browns on a long-term contract, Gipson said he is just as willing to play out his one-year contract and hit the free agent market as an unrestricted free agent come next year.

It’s an interesting position for Gipson to take, albeit one that has its risks.

To see what it means for Gipson and the Browns, visit our post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Cavs just the latest Cleveland team on the what if list

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They gave everything they had for as long as they could, but in the end it simply wasn’t enough.

So now their watch has ended.

After a franchise-record 102 games, four rounds of playoffs and the second trip to the NBA Finals in franchise history, it finally came to an end on Tuesday for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who ended the 2014-15 NBA season the way they began it – with a loss on their home court.

As disappointing as it was to watch the Cavs miss out on the first title in team history and, in the process, end Cleveland’s ongoing title drought, it’s hard to see how this could have turned out differently. Because of injuries to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, too many players were forced into roles where they were asked to do too much as head coach David Blatt simply ran out of options along with healthy bodies.

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Would Evan Mathis fit with the Browns?

The Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly made more news on Thursday as the team released two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis.

The 11-year veteran graded out as Pro Football Focus’ top guard from 2011 through 2013 and was the second best last year. He was also a First Team All-Pro selection as recently as 2013 and started 56 games for the Eagles after being signed as a free agent in 2011.

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer is on a mission to drive competition across the roster, so adding one of the top guards to an already talented offensive line has to at least be tempting.

So should the Browns take a look at Mathis? Find out in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Vince Mayle could be breakout player for Browns in 2015

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When the Cleveland Browns selected Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, it left fans scrambling to find out who he was.

Which is befitting a player that one scout called “the best-kept secret on the West Coast prior to the draft.”

But once he gets on the field this summer, the secret could be out of the bag.

To learn more, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

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