OBR Daily Blog 7/11-18

Dog days of summer are here as (it seems) we get close to a new CBA.

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

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9:48 AM

OBR product placement for the win!! RT @bblande: @TheOBR Note the t-shirt behind Colt: http://t.co/G12M3ls

9:47 AM

Sports talk show hosts who feel like they have to shout to keep my attention. Say something intelligent, that’ll work. #sportspetpeeves

OBR Newswire updates for July 11th through July 13th
OBR Newswire on July 13th, 2011 AT 7:00 AM

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8:18 PM

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

1:50 PM

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?

9:50 AM

RT @patmcmanamon: Happy to say starting next week I’ll be writing for Fox Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH). Blog returns. Hide women and kids.

9:11 AM

(Subscriber) AFC: No Minicamp, No OTAs a Concern: If you believe what’s been reported, then the CBA is almost do… http://bit.ly/r0M9sh

6:56 PM

Where are they now: USC Football Alum (Pt. 3): The final part of Scout’s three-part “lookback” on the past decad… http://bit.ly/qn32SA

Vote for the Greatest Brown at FOXSports.com
Don Delco on July 11th, 2011 AT 12:20 PM

Simple, right?

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.

11:31 AM

RT @JoshCribbs16: In walk-thru as @ColtMcCoy commands the offense looking around at our offense I’m so ready 2 get started this year!

OBR Newswire updates for July 10th through July 11th
OBR Newswire on July 11th, 2011 AT 10:00 AM

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9:14 AM

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

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