Details of New Rookie Wage Scale
Don Delco on July 15th, 2011 AT 2:23 PM
We heard earlier in the week that the rookie wage scale was holding up talks. Doom and gloom resurfaced. If the players and owners can’t agree on this, well, the 2011 season is in jeopardy.
Recent news has the rookie wage scale issue completed. A few more loose ends are to be tied up before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement can be signed, sealed and delivered.
Entering this lockout, players and owners agreed some sort of rookie salary structure — like that of the NBA — needs to be implemented. No longer should rookies, who never played a down of NFL football, receive huge contracts. Owners didn’t want the risk. Players wanted the proven veterans to earn that money.
It was a win-win.
So, what is in the deal? According to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter, first-round picks will be signed to four-year deals, with an option for a fifth. If a team exercises its fifth-year option on a player who was drafted Nos. 1-10, the fifth-year salary will be the average of the 10 highest-paid players at that same position. The next 22 picks in the first round that fifth-year salary will be the average of the third to 25th highest-paid players at that same position.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, “The ultimate outcome of the rookie wage scale represents a major victory for the league, with the total pay of the top 10 picks dropping by anywhere from 40 to 55 percent. The money will now be shifted to veterans and retired players.”
OBR Newswire updates for July 13th through July 14th
OBR Newswire on July 14th, 2011 AT 4:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for July 13th through July 14th:
- Cleveland.com – Cleveland Browns tight end Ben Watson will lead the team in catches in 2011, says Terry Pluto – The Cleveland Browns wrapped up the latest edition of Camp Colt this week in Austin, Texas.
- Cleveland.com – Lockout workouts aren’t the key to a successful Cleveland Browns season – Would you buy a second-rate product at full cost from these men?
- Yahoo! Sports – Browns getting up to speed on 4-3 scheme – One of the Cleveland Browns' transitions whenever the lockout is over will be getting up to speed on new defensive coordinator Dick Jauron's 4-3 scheme.
- USAToday.com – Tirade tells more about James Harrison than Roger Goodell – The message begins with the magazine photo. The football player is holding two guns.
- NFL.com – Irvin: NFL now ‘in a different place’ to deal with homosexuality – Michael Irvin gets a serious look in his eye and his baritone softens to almost a whisper when he talks about homosexuality in the National Football League.
- FOXSports.com – Top 10 false impressions of lockout – You never know who to believe, right?
- USA Today – Reports: Progress made in rookie salary talks marks ‘breakthrough’ – Reports of progress in the NFL labor negotiations are as plenty as they are vague, but several reporters tweeted Thursday that significant gains were made regarding the issue of a rookie pay scale.
- AP – Steelers’ Harrison to magazine: Goodell a ‘devil’ – Heavily fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a "crook" and a "devil," among other insults, in a magazine article.
- Yahoo! Sports – Camp Colt is a hit with Browns’ players – Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy(notes) has set himself apart during this bizarre NFL offseason by organizing a series of informal workouts.
- The Associated Press – Steelers’ Harrison to magazine: Goodell a ‘devil’ – Heavily fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a ''crook'' and a ''devil,'' among other insults, in a magazine article.
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OBR Newswire updates for July 11th through July 13th
OBR Newswire on July 13th, 2011 AT 7:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for July 11th through July 13th:
- CBSSports.com – Eyeing free-agent running backs? Better think twice – Chester Taylor is the perfect player to illustrate the right and wrong way to spend money on free-agent running backs.
- CBSSports.com – NFL owners and players still face time-consuming obstacles – Think back four months to that disappointing day in March when the NFL lockout began. The general opinion was the owners and players would reach a new labor agreement long before training camps opened. They had plenty of time and about 9 billion reasons to get it done.
- Grantland.com – The 25 Least Valuable Players in the NFL – This list of the 25 worst players in the league accounts for playing time, expectations, and salary.
- ESPN.com – Ward sparks Ravens-Steelers Twitter beef – It's no secret the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers do not like each other, and Steelers receiver Hines Ward is usually in the middle of the altercations on the field between these two heated rivals.
McCoy Eager to Get Started: Browns’ second-year QB was interviewed on Cleveland’s WKNR on Tuesday and said he is… http://bit.ly/rcaRsX
Why The Lockout Worked: By simply doing nothing, the NFL accomplished a lot during the locked out offseason. http://bit.ly/niODx7
Our Favorite Whipping Boy has Resurfaced
Don Delco on July 12th, 2011 AT 10:29 AM
Grantland.com has a list of the 25 Least Valuable Players to serve as a juxtaposition to the NFL Network’s Top 100 players.
The Browns had two players on the Top 100 list in Joe Thomas (43rd) and Josh Cribbs (84th), but four current or former players are on the Least Valuable Player list.
After a couple 5-11 seasons, that’s not surprising.
First, our favorite whipping boy on the offensive line, John “El Matador” St. Clair is No. 17. Thankfully, he’s a free agent, but as the Grantland.com writer aptly Bill Barnwell puts, “It was St. Clair who launched Elvis Dumervil’s career into orbit with his four-sack game in Week 2 of the 2009 season.”
Down the list we go and former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson is No. 12. Both he and St. Clair are free agents and will NOT be wearing orange and brown in 2011.
As we arrive at the top five, Browns safety Sabby Piscitelli is No. 2 and Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme gets the dishonorable spot of No. 1.
About Piscitelli, Barwell writes, “His unique mix of blown tackles, dreadful instincts, and inflated ego really make him the worst player to see regular time in the NFL over the past several years.”
As for Delhomme, in five games last season, he threw an interception for every 21.2 attempts and in Week 14 against Buffalo, he was 12-for-20 for 86 yards and an interception. That’s Brady Quinn numbers there.
Hey, where was he on this list? No. 26?
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Vote for the Greatest Brown at FOXSports.com
Don Delco on July 11th, 2011 AT 12:20 PM
Currently, FOXSports.com is asking fans to vote on the respective team’s greatest player. For the Browns, the five finalists are as follows:
- Paul Warfield
- Jim Brown
- Ozzie Newsome
- Bernie Kosar
- Otto Graham
OK, Jim Brown is the obvious choice, right? One would think, but this is a little more difficult than at first glance.
Graham won seven titles in his 10 years as the Browns’ starting quarterback. His record as an NFL starting quarterback was 57-13-1.
Newsome caught 662 passes from 1978-90 and had a catch in 150 consecutive games. He is considered one of the greatest tight ends of all-time – if not the best of all-time.
Warfield averaged 20.1 yards per catch, which ranks him among the top 10 all-time. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and, although he spent five seasons in Miami, he was considered one of the games greatest wide receivers of all-time.
Kosar threw for 21,904 yards in eight-and-a-half seasons in Cleveland and came within a gnat’s eyelash of two Super Bowl appearances. Plus, he was a northeast Ohio kid that WANTED DESPERATELY to play for his hometown team.
Jim Brown… well, it’s Jim freakin’ Brown. He’ll get my vote, but it was not a run away contest.
OBR Newswire updates for July 10th through July 11th
OBR Newswire on July 11th, 2011 AT 10:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for July 10th through July 11th:
- USA Today – Browns in depth: Will Colt McCoy help spark resurgence? – The NFL lockout has dampened the usual offseason analysis of each team's comings and goings. But, lockout or not, the league will still be moving on at some point — hopefully in time for the regular season to start on time Sept. 8.
- ProFootballTalk.com – Browns’ Massaquoi uses the lockout to pick the brains of Pro Bowl receivers – Here’s a good example of a player making good use of the lockout: Cleveland receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, knowing he couldn’t get any coaching from the Browns’ staff, has instead spent time with many of the best wide receivers in the league over the last few months.
- Plain Dealer – Cleveland Browns opponents’ strengths, weaknesses shift amid turmoil in NFL – Yes, the Browns have a slew of question marks to answer once the NFL labor dispute is resolved.
- Plain Dealer – Cleveland Browns coaching staff must earn players’ trust once NFL lockout ends – Most fans know about the obvious challenges facing the Browns at the end of the lockout.
- Washington Post – The waiting is the hardest part – What if the lockout never ends? What if the lockout ends tomorrow? And what about free agents? My God, what about free agents? This is enough to drive an NFL fan to the brink — but the brink of what?
An Elite Endeavor: Does the Browns cavalcade of quarterbacks end with Colt McCoy? http://bit.ly/pdnZ2O
OBR Newswire updates for July 8th through July 9th
OBR Newswire on July 9th, 2011 AT 9:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for July 8th through July 9th:
- ProFootballTalk.com – Fujita will coach Browns’ defense at next Camp Colt – This offseason Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy has hosted members of the Browns’ offense for three workout sessions dubbed “Camp Colt.
- Yahoo! Sports – LeCharles Bentley scores court win as he pursues Browns – Score a victory for LeCharles Bentley against the Cleveland Browns.
- News-Herald – Peyton Hillis set to join teammates for Colt Camp (with video) – Peyton Hillis hoped to officially go back to work on Monday.
- FOXSports.com – Browns’ Hillis ready to rumble – Peyton Hillis has been dragging cars and all-terrain vehicles around the streets back home in Arkansas to stay in shape during the NFL lockout. On Saturday, the Browns' bulldozing back planned to pull a fire truck across a football field.
- ESPN.com – Cribbs Reflects On LeBron’s Decision – Cleveland Browns WR Josh Cribbs reflects on LeBron James' decision to leave Cleveland and talks about the NFL Lockout
- SI.com – NFL free agency spending could come fast and furious – When a new CBA is at last forged and the focus returns to football, what promises to be as unique a free agency period as any in NFL history will undoubtedly take center stage.
- Steelers star Ward arrested, charged with DUI – NFL – CBSSports.com Football – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday outside Atlanta on a drunken driving charge, sheriff's officials said.
- CBSSports.com – Mediator schedules another NFL meeting for July 19 – The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.
- FOX Sports Ohio – Ohio appeals court OKs staph suit against Browns – A state appeals court has ruled in favor of former Cleveland Browns player LeCharles Bentley, saying the team can't force NFL arbitration to halt a lawsuit on his career-ending staph infection.
- SportingNews.com – Huddle Up: Browns’ Josh Cribbs talks 2011 season, parking ticket, ‘Hard Knocks’ – Two-time Pro Bowl return specialist Josh Cribbs says if he had to predict the Cleveland Browns’ 2011 record, he’d have little choice not to go with 16-0.