GARCIA GETS AN OFFER: According to team sources, the Browns have made a "significant" offer to ex-San Francisco 49er quarterback Jeff Garcia. The parameters of the offer are not known at this time, and we do not know if Garcia intends to accept it, or visit other teams.
Earlier this week, the Browns faxed a contract proposal to current starting QB Tim Couch, which was widely reported to be composed of a greater than 50% reduction in the fifth-year veteran's salary. According to local news reports this morning, Couch has rejected the offer and considers it to be extremely low.
It does not take a nuclear physicist to conclude that the team may elect to cut Couch if Garcia accepts their offer.
RON STONE COULD BE NEXT: In the wake of today's release of Jamel White, the team also feels that it is in good shape to make an offer to offensive lineman Ron Stone, who visited Berea today. The ex-49er guard who, like Garcia, was released earlier this week in a salary cap move, has twelve years of experience and would bring a veteran presence to play alongside center Jeff Faine.
The Browns were public with their intent to upgrade the offensive line this off-season, but watched helplessly as the top four offensive tackles available in free agency were slapped with the franchise or transition tags. The acquisition of Stone would not be the huge leap forward the team was hoping to make, but would solidify the line in the wake of likely free agent defections by Barry Stokes and Shaun O'Hara.
NORTHCUTT GOING EAST?: BerniesInsiders.com can also report exclusively that the Philadelphia Eagles have expressed an interest in Browns WR Dennis Northcutt. It is not known at this time if the Eagles have made a definitive offer for the unhappy Browns receiver, but they are interested.
Philadelphia has been foiled in recent days in their quest to land another high-profile ex-Niner, Terrell Owens. The standout wide receiver was dealt to Baltimore in exchange for a second-round draft choice.
More as it breaks!