Updates: Garcia, C. Brown, Winslow

Courtesy of Scout.com, here are some updates on the status of Jeff Garcia and the rehabs of Courtney Browns and Kellen Winslow. Plus, an update on coaching staff comings and goings...

New general manager Phil Savage said he has told the agent for disgruntled quarterback Jeff Garcia that the Browns will decide the quarterback's fate soon.

Garcia was a poor fit in the Browns offense last year and probably would be again this year because Romeo Crennel is unlikely to use a West Coast offense. Garcia also made few friends in the locker room last year with his aloofness and criticism of the team's offense.

But with Kelly Holcomb a free agent, the Browns don't have a lot of in-house options. Rookie Luke McCown proved woefully unready when injuries forced him into the lineup.

Savage said Garcia has not asked for his release. The general manager spoke to Garcia's agent, Steve Baker, at a college all-star game.

"Absolutely not," Savage said. "It was an open-minded conversation between the both of us. I told him that no decisions had been made that way and their indication was that no decisions had been made on their side, either."

Garcia is scheduled to make $4 million next year. He is due a $500,000 roster bonus in March.


Savage said the rehabs of both Courtney Brown and Kellen Winslow Jr. were going well.

Brown, who has failed to complete a season every year after his rookie season of 2000, is coming back from a Lisfranc foot injury.

"If Courtney's situation benefits the Browns and we can help him become the player he was reputed to be, then we should definitely try to do that," Savage said. "If not, that will all play itself out. But he's coming along real well."

Winslow had two surgeries within a week after fracturing his lower leg and tearing ligaments.

"I saw him 2-3 weeks ago in the weight room," Savage said. "(Doctors) feel confident he's turned the corner in terms of the repair."

He said he has been told Winslow is expected to be fully healed sometimes this spring.


Savage said the team has not started negotiating with its unrestricted free agents. Cornerback Anthony Henry and Holcomb are the most prominent names. Late in the season, Henry's agent expressed frustration that the Browns hadn't been proactive in negotiating and said Henry's asking price has gone up as a result.

With a new regime coming in, Jeremy Green and Phil Nero were let go this week. Green, the son of Arizona coach Dennis Green, was the team's director of pro personnel. Neri was the director of college personnel.

Browns wide receivers coach Fred Graves took the same job with the Detroit Lions.

Tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski, who served as offensive coordinator when Terry Robiskie was promoted to interim head coach following Butch Davis' departure, left to become tight ends coach for the Chargers.

Crennel said the fate of Robiskie and the remaining assistant coaches would be decided as he settles into the job.

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