Insider Blog: More Exclusive Info

The skies may appear clear and unclouded, but a rain of free agents may soon start to fall. The OBR team has uncovered three free agent visitors unreported elsewhere, and much, much more. Here are this afternoon and evening's blog entries...


Barry McBride, 10:34PM
A source with knowledge of the situation tells the OBR that a decision will be made by the Browns within 24 hours to either offer a contract to CB Jabari Greer or (at least for now) focus their attention on other options.

Barry McBride, 8:25PM
A source told the OBR that Greer is on his way to meet with the Saints tomorrow morning. The Browns are very much in the picture, but no other details are known.

Lane Adkins, 9:07PM
Jabari Greer had a very good meet and greet with the Browns on Tuesday. Greer, is holding to commitments he made in visiting teams he has scheduled meetings with. A veteran from the Buffalo Bills scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints following his trip to Cleveland.

Barry McBride, 2:15PM
A league source told the OBR that the free agent cornerback was still talking with the Browns as of this hour, and is currently touring the stadium.


John Taylor, 8:16PM
According to a source, Vikings linebacker Heath Farwell is tentatively scheduled to visit the Browns either Wednesday or Thursday.  Farwell has already visited New England since the start of free agency. Farwell has an offer on the table from the Vikings to return to Minnesota.


Barry McBride, 6:47PM
Feedback from Buffalo Football Report's Tyler Dunne about TE Robert Royal, who has received a contract offer from the Browns:

"Robert Royal was one of Marv Levy's signings when the former coach became G.M. in 2006. As part of Levy's theme to infuse the roster with high-character players, Royal signed a five-year, $10 million contract.

Basically, the Bills invested in the potential that Royal could finally break through as a receiver. He never did. Despite being the Bills' regular starter at tight end, Royal was a marginal receiver. In three seasons with the club, Royal never caught more than 33 passes, while totaling only seven touchdowns. While he certainly didn't have the luxury of stability at quarterback or offensive coordinator, Royal never developed.

The team elected to cut Royal and underachieving guard Derrick Dockery to save $8 million under the cap. Maybe a new scenary is what Royal needs. He could have been a product of Buffalo's lingering futility at the tight end position -- no TE has caught 50 passes in a season for Buffalo since 2001. Despite his mediocrity on the field, Royal was widely known as a great teammate inside the locker room and a positive influence on younger players."


John Taylor, 6:03PM
Defensive lineman C.J. Mosley has just concluded his visit with the Jaguars and left Jacksonville.

According to his agent, Harold Lewis, the two sides are in the "very early stages" of contract negotiations, but no deal with Jax is imminent.

Additionally, the agent said, no date for an official visit to Cleveland has been set, but he expects it to happen in very short order.  Barring, of course, the Jaguars offering Mosley a financial package that "just blows him out of the water".  Short of that, Lewis absolutely expects Mosley to make a visit to Berea before deciding on other offers.

Lewis said his client enjoyed playing for Eric Mangini and would very much like to be reunited with his former head coach, but "we'll just have to see how this whole thing plays out."


John Taylor, 5:57PM
We reported in this here space yesterday that the Browns had shown an interest in former Jets linebacker David Bowens, but no visit had been scheduled

The situation has changed as that interest has gotten a little more serious in the last 24 hours, however, as the linebacker will be in Cleveland tomorrow for an official visit.


John Taylor, 5:43PM
The OBR has learned that Detroit linebacker Paris Lenon has drawn "strong, sincere" interest from the Browns.

Per his agent, Jonathan Persch, he has been in contact with the club since the start of free agency.  No visit with Cleveland is scheduled at this time.  Six other teams have made offers for visits, and Lenon will begin his FA tour tomorrow.

The Browns have told Persch that they will stay in touch throughout the process, and a visit could be scheduled at some point in the very near future.

One last thing: here's an interesting quote from the agent.  take it as agent-speak or whatever, but this Lenon kid really likes the idea of playing in Cleveland.

"I hope he ends up in Cleveland.  That's where he wants to be.  He's perfect fit for that defense and that town."


Barry McBride, 4:20PM
The OBR has been informed by a league sources that the Cleveland Browns salary cap position was improved by more than $4.5 million thanks to the trade of Kellen Winslow. We had previously (conservatively) estimated the cap savings to be $3.5 million or more.

At present, the Cleveland Browns have $27 million available underneath the salary cap.


Barry McBride, 4:19PM
Please keep your applause until the end of the post. Thank you.

A Packers source just informed us that "Safety Mike Adams from the Browns just met with the Packers and is en route to New England"

For the record, there is no indication that the Browns are fascinated with the prospect of re-signing Adams. That is all.

The OBR Top Stories