- The team has not made a determination as to the status of quarterbacks
Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb. Indications coming from sources close to the
team are the organization would prefer to keep Couch, but not nearly at the
7.6 million he would be owed in the 2004 season. Additionally, indications
coming from player exit interviews with the coaching staff lead us to
believe the much-maligned Couch has gained a new-found respect from
previously suspecting players on the team.
- Holcomb, following the season ending win over the Cincinnati Bengals
noted he may request the team trade or release him if he is not the starting
quarterback. Holcomb has not backed off this stance according to numerous
players on the roster and he is awaiting the decision the team makes in
regards to Couch.
- The organization and representatives for wide receiver Dennis Northcutt
remain far apart on a contract and the organization appears to be
approaching the mindset they will not retain his services.
- As acknowledged by head coach Butch Davis, the team does intent on
improving the offensive line. The scouting department as spent a
considerable amount of time scouting linemen and according to sources within
the organization, if a top of the line offensive linemen were to be
available in free agency, the team would be willing to delve into the free
- Indications coming from sources close to the team are that Robert Griffith and Ross Verba will be released. The organization will attempt to
trade running back Jamel White, but it is likely he will be released. Free
agent Barry Stokes will garner minimal interest from the team and free agent
linebacker Brant Boyer will exercise his rights to free agency, though the
Browns would like to retain his services.
- Quincy Morgan, the suddenly talkative and less than productive receiver
in the 2003 season has rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way with his
actions late in the season. While the focus was on issues regarding departed
receiver Kevin Johnson, some players and coaches have quietly noted that
Morgan was doing many of things Johnson was reportedly (Davis statement)
released for: Poor route running, lack of discipline, and mediocre blocking.
- The Browns have more than a passing interest in Canadian Football League
quarterback Ricky Ray. According to our ears in Berea, indications are the
organization likes Ray's physical ability and mental makeup/understanding of
the game. Again, the organization is looking for a quarterback to manage the
game and lead the offense, not a player to be the offense.
- As the free agent player signing period begins in late February, the Browns are expected to discuss a restructured deal with defensive tackle Gerard Warren. The team is not disappointed with the overall play of Warren, but want to make his salary cap hit for the 2004 season much more team friendly
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