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Browns News Recap for March 12, 2002
Goodbye La'Roi: As this recap warned last evening, the Cowboys interfered with the Browns plans to sign La'Roi Glover. The Cowpokes went into a full court press to sign La'Roi. The inside scoop on how this went down is covered by Lane Adkins and John Taylor in their Insiders WebExtra article today. This afternoon, the Cowboys presented their side of things via their incredibly slow-loading Official Web Site. I tried to link their take on the wonders of La'Roi, but kept getting errors from their web server, so you will have to imagine Jerry Jones smiling like the Cheshire Cat as he stands alongside La'Roi Glover and talks about what a brilliant move he just made. Glover's deal is worth over $22 million for five years. Someone feel free to send me an invite to the party in New Orleans this weekend.
Oliver and Company: The Browns' signing of Oliver Ross to an offer sheet includes a poison pill designed to irritate the Steelers: a $900,000 roster bonus.The resulting cap hit is going to make it tough for the Steelers to sign their backup lineman. Pat McManamon of the ABJ points out that Ross can play any position on the line except for center - he started six games and guard and one at left tackle last year. Tony Grossi of the PD also looks at the possible Ross acquisition and ponders the possible signing of LaRoi Glover (who signed with Cowboys this morning).
ESPN's Len Pasquarelli also has a column today about the higher level of interest in restricted free agents this off-season: Ross is a RFA and would require the Browns part with a fifth-round pick if he is lured away from the Steelers. I'd link the Columbus Dispatch story on Ross as well, but they require registration now and I consider that annoying, so no link for the Dispatch. That little protest will really shake up the boardroom, eh?
Another RB Getting Away? ESPN is reporting this afternoon that Garrison Hearst is now negotiating with the Falcons. A Georgia native who played college ball for the Georgia Bulldogs, Hearst has apparently not written off either the Browns or 49ers yet. But he's clearly serious about the Falcons. The Falcons are also talking to Warrick Dunn. MEMO TO GARRISON: Old and oft-injured running backs should not run on artificial turf in dimly lit domes. Think about it.
More Free Agent News: TE Ken Dilger, who had piqued the Browns interest, is also being fancied by the Seattle Seahawks, according to the Tacoma Tribune. Dilger's quest for cash is such that he will visit the Franchise that Time Forgot later this week, according to the Cincinnati Post. The Arizona Republic quotes Duane Starks' agent - who would never mislead us - saying that the Browns have made a "serious offer" for the cornerback's services. The desert paper reports that the Cardinals and Eagles are interested. Yesterday, the Baltimore Sun said that the Raiders were close to signing Starks. The Fourth Estate is, apparently, conspiring to confuse us all.
Elsewhere in the Local News: Terry Pluto expresses his misgivings about the Browns losing Ricky Williams to the Dolphins. Pluto's a gutsy columnist: most will simply wait to see how well Williams does before they decide whether or not to second-guess.
Last But Not Least. Well, Actually, Least.
ESPN is reporting this afternoon that ex-Brown (what was Davis thinking?) David Patten will likely move to the #3 WR role in New England now that the Patriots have signed the Panthers Donald Hayes to a free-agent deal.
Reports are saying that ex-Brown and ex-Buckeye Tom Tupa did pretty well in the Vikings Punt-Off 2002 in the Metrodome yesterday.