EXCLUSIVE: Mosley, Bowens Getting Close?

The Browns have pursued a number of free agents, but have landed only one. Will it be different with DE C.J. Mosely and LB David Bowens? John Taylor has the scoop.

The agent for defensive end C.J. Mosley and linebacker David Bowens tells The OBR that, as of 4:10 EST this afternoon, he had not entered into contract talks with the Cleveland Browns regarding either player.

The agent -- Harold Lewis -- has told us in the past that he doesn't like to talk contracts with clubs until he has a chance to have a serious conversation with his clients, and ensure that the place is where they actually want to spend the next (x) number of years.

And, it should be noted, he does not have that conversation until the player(s) conclude their visits.

Asked if his clients' visits -- which began last night -- would conclude today, Lewis said "they might, they might not. That might be something you'd have to ask of the player." There's a fairly decent chance that the visits could bleed into tomorrow given how the meetings have gone thus far.

Just how are the tandem visits going? Lewis said both of his clients were "blown away by the facilities, by the coaching staff, everything."

A Browns source tells The OBR that the club is making a serious push for both players, and do not want to let them leave without at least reaching an agreement in principle.

There is one sign that the Browns may be front runners for the services of Mosley and Bowens: a source close to free agent Eric Barton has informed The OBR that the twosome "have been actively recruiting" the LB to join them in Cleveland. All three were teammates with the New York Jets last season and, obviously, played under Eric Mangini.

Lewis has told us on at least two occasions since this process began that both of his clients would love to be reunited with Mangini in Cleveland.


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