Insider Blog: Is Braylon Next?

News is flowing in real-time today, so we're posting in the chat room and the Insider Blog. Here are highlights from the latter, including murmurs of more big changes in the works...

John Taylor, 2:08PM

Earlier this week, I was told by a source that "something big" was brewing in Berea. Nothing specific, but just a heads-up that something personnel-wise was in the works that I should be on the lookout for and perhaps dig into deeper.

Upon hearing the new of the Winslow trade, I reached out to the same source and asked if this trade was what he was referring to.

His response?  "No".

Further conversation revealed -- or, rather, very strongly intimated -- that Braylon Edwards could be the "something big".

As in, a contract extension or, as he's entering the final year of his contract, a trade.  Yes, the talk is the Browns could trade the receiver if a new contract is not worked out by the time the draft rolls around in April.

At this point in time, there's nothing to suggest the Browns will absolutely, positively trade Edwards.  But there is smoke to this rumored fire, that something could be in the offing involving Edwards.

One way or the other

Lane Adkins, 3:34PM

"According to my sources. Edwards is in play. The Browns are not actively looking to move the WR at this time, but are compelled to listen to potential offers.

In addition to a potential contract issue, the regime in Cleveland has targeted one or two free agents which would fit into the salary-cap structure, as well as offensive scheme going forward.

Edwards, according to sources has not been overly receptive to an extension and appears poised to play out his current deal. "

Barry McBride, 1:05PM

K2 has a $4.5 million salary and a pro-rated bonus amount of $950, along with a $150K. The total cap figure I've heard on K2 ($5.1mill) is kind of squirrelly - not sure how that is calculated, exactly, because I would expect a $5.6 million figure.

Anyhow, taking a conservative estimate, it would appear the Browns will save $3.5 million in cap space this year, and will likely have $950K more dead cap at the end of the day.

It was a trade-friendly contract. This all assumes no last-minute changes were made befo

Barry McBride, 12:09PM

At this point, the Browns have just $1.5 million in dead cap space in 2009, over half of which is $890K for Antwan Peek.

There are occasional claims that the Browns are in cap hell, but it's not shown by the team's dead cap space. That may change, of course, if the team does something along the lines of cutting or trading a major vet, which doesn't seem in the offing at this point.

Barry McBride, 1:06PM

Based on the current deal, it appears that the K2 trade will add approx $950K to this. There are rumors that last minute changes were done to the deal, so we'll update if that proves to be the case

John Taylor, 12:25PM

The Browns have spoken with the agents for free-agent cornerbacks Andre Goodman and Jabrari Greer during the course of this morning, The OBR has learned.

Much like everyone else they've spoken with already, though, nothing is imminent on the Browns' end as far as a deal or even a visit.

Barry McBride, 12:20PM

The Cleveland Browns announced today that the team has traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for undisclosed draft picks."

"The Cleveland Browns thank Kellen for his contributions to this organization over the past five years," said Browns General Manager George Kokinis. "We appreciate his passion for the game and wish him success in Tampa Bay. The draft picks we have obtained through this deal will give us greater flexibility as we look to infuse more talent and create competition and depth on this football team."

The Browns selected Winslow with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. In his five years in Cleveland, he played in 44 games, recording 219 receptions for 2,459 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2006, he caught 89 passes for 875 yards and 3 touchdowns, and in 2007 he went to the Pro Bowl after catching 82 passes for 1,106 yards and 5 touchdowns. He played in 10 games in 2008, catching 43 passes for 428 yards and 3 touchdowns.

John Taylor, 10:30AM

The Browns are one of at least six teams who have called the agent for Ravens safety Jim Leonhard since the official start of free agency, the OBR has learned.

Something could be happening on the Leonhard front as early as this afternoon -- whether that be a deal with a club or simply visits scheduled is uncertain at this time -- as he is drawing "heavy, serious interest".  That doesn't necessarily mean, though, that the "something could be happening" would involve the Browns.

Barry McBride, 10:06AM

Something has happened with OL Ryan Tucker, but we're trying to nail down exactly what it is.

A league source tells the OBR this morning that Tucker's cap hit has been re-adjusted downward from $5.26 million to just over $1.7 over the past several days. This could mean a couple of things - from an injury waiver of Tucker to new agreement to salary cap calculations understood only by nuclear physicists.

But keep your eyes open on this one.

Barry McBride, 2:48PM

Two quick notes:

1. Per a league source, Tucker is not showing as "released" to the NFL's league HQ. No other players are aware of any change to his status.

2. Multiple calls to Tucker's agent have not been returned

John Taylor, 7AM

The Browns have been in contact with the agents of Bart Scott (duh!) and Domonique Foxworth since the start of free agency.

A visit to the Browns had not been scheduled by either player as of two o'clock this morning

Barry McBride, 10:20AM
The Ravens are very interested in the latter, so another corner may be gone before the Browns could try to close a deal.

According to Aaron Wilson, no visit was set up for Foxworth as of 8AM this morning, but a half-hour later Schefter reported that there "could be a deal done today", whatever that means, which is probably that the team told him that they were optimistic. Foxworth is from Maryland is the thinking behind the quick signing if it comes to fruition.


John Taylor, 6:44AM

Two sources -- one close to the d-lineman and one within the organization -- have confirmed that Rogers has NOT asked the club to trade or release him despite a published report stating otherwise.  The Browns source reiterated our report from yesterday that the organization will not do so even if the request were to be made.

"Cap-wise and philosophically it makes zero sense," the source said.

That being said, the source close to Rogers strongly intimated that such an option -- attempting to force the Browns hand -- is not off the table.

Barry McBride, 2:09AM

From Adam Caplan... A league source said had the Philadelphia Eagles not re-signed CB Joselio Hanson, the Cleveland Browns would have pursued the former undrafted free agent.

Hanson would have competed with CB Brandon McDonald for a starting job opposite CB Eric Wright had he signed with the Browns.

Cleveland is believed to be interested in signing at least one cornerback with meaningful playing experience during free agency.

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