3/14 Rumors & Signings, Rumors Forum Updates

While the Browns have been reserved in free agency this far, theOBR has learned the team has been looking into trade opportunities.

-Immediate updates of any and all speculated free agent and draft player movement can be viewed TheOBR Rumors Forum

The Browns are close to a deal with FA DE Frostee Rucker of the Cincinnati Bengals.

One agent notes the Browns remain a 5-11 type team for a reason.

They lack talent and continue to let proven talent, talent which can improve the team immediately, simply pass.

-The Browns quiet entrance to FA was planned, as noted by GM Tom Heckert a week ago.

Agents tell theOBR, the Browns have not been active as of yet in FA.

TheOBR has learned the Browns are waiting out the initial surge in FA, then are planning on getting involved with second tier FA talent (reasonably priced talent).

-TheOBR has learned the Browns and Texans have talked trade, with a deal not being imminent.

-TheOBR has learned through various agents, the Browns have not been actively pursuing available free agent players.

But, the Browns are believed to be in or have been in trade discussions with no less than two teams.

TheOBR seeks further information.

-Just to follow-up out last post on FA QB Matt Flynn from Tuesday, the Browns interest remains over-exaggerated in media circles.

-TheOBR has been told the Texans originally sought a first round selection for RB Ben Tate.

-The Houston Texans have agreed to discuss the availability of RB Ben Tate.

Late this evening, the Browns and Texans discussed parameters of a deal to send the RB to Cleveland.

Earlier in the day a report placed the Browns and Texans in talks about the RB, which was denied by sources close to the Browns.

-Former Browns head coach Eric Mangini and Chiefs OC Brian Daboll highly recommended Peyton Hillis to KC head coach Romeo Crennel and team executive Scott Pioli.

-While reports have the Browns on the verge of offering a deal to Flynn, theOBR has learned the Browns are not readying an offer to Flynn and reports of the Browns initial interest is exaggerated.

Some Tuesday 3/13 Notes

-Matt Flynn to Cleveland isn't dead quite yet.

-The Browns are continuing with their efforts to re-sign DB's Mike Adams and Dimitri Patterson.

-The Browns have re-signed TE Alex Smith to a one-year deal.

-The Browns have signed WR Jordan Norwood and DL Brian Schaefering to tender contracts. Also, OL John Greco has inked a new deal with the team.

-Updates of any and all speculated free agent and draft player movement can be viewed TheOBR Rumors Forum

Updated at 2:25 am EST 3/14/2012.

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