INTEREST IN VETERANS: Browns coach Romeo Crennel is exploring the possibilities of adding veterans Ty Law and Peter Boulware to his inexperienced defense. Both are coming off major injuries and their better days are behind them, but Crennel believes each could help the Browns.
Law, 31, is the three-time Pro Bowl cornerback from the Patriots released in late February. He is recovering from a Lis Franc injury -- a torn ligament in the bottom of his foot. It is the same injury that sidelined former Browns defensive end Courtney Brown for the last 14 games of 2004.
Crennel has deep respect for Law, having been his defensive coordinator in New England the last four years. Law made 634 tackles, 90 pass breakups and 36 interceptions over 141 games since the Patriots drafted him in the first round out of Michigan in 1995.
"Ty knows how I feel about him and I don't think there's any question how he feels about me," Crennel said. "His injury situation is one that has to be resolved."
Law is able to run, but still cannot cut as well as he did prior to the injury.
Boulware, the pass-rushing linebacker released May 9 by the Ravens, is coming off a knee injury that cost him the final game of 2003 and all of 2004. The Browns are interested because Boulware has 67.5 sacks in 111 games, and one thing the defense sorely lacks is a pass rusher.
"He has experience in the 3-4 so he's familiar with the system," Crennel said. "Plus he's been productive in the NFL, particularly in the pass rush. If you think he'd be a good fit on the field and in the locker room, you go ahead and make that move. I think he could bring a proven dimension. He'd be a plus."
The Jets, Steelers and Dolphins have shown interest in Law.
The Browns expect competition for Boulware to come from Seattle because his brother, Michael Boulware, plays there.
WINSLOW WRAP: Though Kellen Winslow Jr. will miss the 2005 season with a torn right ACL as a result of a motorcycle accident May 1, he continues to work out at the Browns' training complex. Part of his routine includes riding a stationary bike.
Former Browns great Jim Brown, now working in the players relations department, played a role in encouraging Winslow to apologize to fans. Winslow took the opposite approach for close to four weeks.
"The purpose was to have Kellen Jr. really state to the fans and the organization his remorse about the mistake he made -- and there's no question that a mistake was made," Brown said. "We in turn want to support him in his recovery and not beat him up when he's down."
VERBA, LANG MAKE NEWS: Left tackle Ross Verba is skipping passing camp and might sit out minicamp June 13-15 in a contract dispute. Kenard Lang was not a regular in offseason workouts, but he is attending passing camp. Coaches are trying to convert him from defensive end to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.
LESSON NOT LEARNED: On the heels of Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow injuring himself while riding a motorcycle, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan warned his team about dangerous off-the-field activities. A few days later, guard P.J. Alexander tore the ACL in his left knee while riding an off-road four-wheel vehicle.
"I (warned the team about dangerous activities) three days before (Alexander's injury), to give you an idea how strong my speech was," Shanahan said.
Alexander was supposed to compete for the starting right guard spot with Cooper Carlisle but he will miss the entire season with the injury.
"I don't know if he was going to tip over or something, but he put his foot down and tore his ACL," Shanahan said. "It had nothing to do with football."