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Used Carr: Turning to the news, an item close to the front of the minds of Browns fans is the status of the Browns vis-a-vis a certain David Carr, the Texans quarterback dumped by Houston as the first act of the Matt Schaub era.
John Taylor talked to his many sources inside and outside of Berea about the situation and reported the following:
"Browns' interest is more likely now that Carr's on the street, but not expected
to be anything more than minimal. He was not a consideration as far as
trading for. Now that he's a free agent, he'll catch a sniff from the Browns,
but a lot of teams expect the Raiders to make him an offer that others wouldn't
even begin to consider for somebody with his track record.
Raiders are enamored with Calvin Johnson, and want a reason to bypass Jamarcus and grab the WR.
Both the Lions and Dolphins could jump into the fray for Carr's services.
Not impossible that he would become a Brown, but not likely."
The Next Antonio? A couple of years ago, the OBR reported on a football workout by Kent State basketball player Antonio Gates about a month before his name was seen elsewhere in the press. John Taylor brings us news of a similar roundballer who might be ready to make an impact on the NFL:
Here's what one of my spies tells me:
A Browns scout was seen at the Tennessee State Pro Day workout talking for an extended period of time with Clarence Matthews. Matthews was advised by the scout that he was very impressed by his workout and they "would stay in touch and see how things go".
The 6'7", 250-pound Matthews has spent the past two seasons on the Tennessee State basketball team as the club's starting power forward.
Needless to say, Matthews is viewed as a TE prospect who has a very slim chance of being drafted, but will most definitely be picked up as an UDFA due to his size and athletic ability.
Free Agent Frivolities: The OBR is reporting exclusively today that the Browns welcomed free agent defensive back Tavares Tillman to their Berea facility on Wednesday.
The seven year vet spent the last two season in Miami and has appeared in 30 games. Likely being looked on as depth at the safety position (a la the team's dalliance with Kevin Kaesviharn), Tillman has also played a little cornerback.
The Browns also cut fullback Terrelle Smith and let him wander off to Arizona and sign a deal with the Cardinals. John Taylor told subscribers in ATI a little more about the situation:
"Smith was very open to returning to the Browns following his release--his agent made that clear to the Browns' management--but the Browns, in so many words, said 'thanks, but no thanks'. His release was performance-related, not cap-related."
If you were intrigued about the Ravens Edwin Mulitalo as a potential addition at guard, then you can stop wondering about that as well. Mulitalo signed a new three-year contract with the Lions on Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of Ravens Insider.