OBR Blog: 3/10/2010

Brand new technology. Same old goofy stuff. Get updates throughout the day with the new OBR blog. Today starts with DA taking it all back and, we assume, will just get weirder from there.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:15:00 PM

You Best Be Following Us on Twitter

Over the past several years, the OBR's has been followed by well over 3,000 of the most hard-core Browns fans on the planet.

If you're a Twitter user and you haven't followed us, you need to sign up. Lane Adkins has been unleashed on the OBR Twitter feed, and John Taylor will be following shortly. If you enjoyed the story links and generally webdorkiness of the Barry-authored OBR Twitter feed, you're going to really enjoy it moving forward.

To prove the point, Lane spent a chunk of the last hour busting some news on Twitter. If you want fast updates from the OBR, it's not something you can miss.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7:38:00 PM

Fargas Visiting the Browns

The OBR has independently confirmed that RB Justin Fargas is visiting the Browns, which broke about 20 minutes ago on local California radio. Fargas is #15 on Scout.com's list of top available free agent running backs.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 6:52:00 PM

Browns Check out CB, MLB

Chris Steuber reports that the Cleveland Browns were among the teams attending the University of Kentucky's Pro Day. Among the players they would have seen are four-star prospects Micah Johnson and Trevard Lindley. Here's the list of Kentucky draft-eligible players.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 3:14:00 PM

Fujita, Wallace updates and More…

Browns LB Scott Fujita was on Sirius Radio today, and the folks there were kind enough to send us a transcript.

The Browns have sent out a press release regarding the everyone-knows about it already acquisition of Seneca Wallace. See it here...

Also updated earlier today: The free agent database and the OBR newswire

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 2:11:00 PM

What's a Fair Return for Brady Quinn?

With Brady potentially on the block, the Browns need to make sure that they get reasonable compensation for the quarterback. Assuming the trade is for a draft pick, what sort of compensation would you like to see?

Take our poll in the Watercooler!

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 1:22:00 PM

ESPN Discovers Browns Talking About Quinn in Trade Talks

Adam Schefter has uncovered the deep, dark, hidden truth that the Browns are talking about Brady Quinn in trade talks with other teams. He has even tweeted about it. TWEETED!

It is quite clear, and has been for some time, that the Browns are not fully sold on Brady Quinn as their starting quarterback. It is also clear that the Browns have been talking to a number of teams - going back to last year - about Quinn in potential trades.

The difference, one assumes, is that the Browns are now using the phrase "Are you interested in...?" rather than "Sure, what do you have to offer?". This does not mean (unlike Anderson) that the QB is going to dumped if the team doesn't find a home for him.

What it does mean is that the Browns are looking at options at the QB position, as they have been for some time. Despite how excited the blogosphere and the local journos will get over Schefter making something we all know "official" by tweeting it, don't be stunned if Quinn is still quarterback when training camp starts. Changes will be made if there are better options in the opinion of the team's brass. If there aren't, there won't be.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:52:00 AM

Anderson to Visit Seattle, Arizona

As expected, ex-Browns quarterback and civility advocate Derek Anderson will be visiting the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, per ESPN, confirmed by our own sources.

Neither of these will come as a surprise to anyone who has been watching potential interest in Browns QB Derek Anderson. Anderson remaining on the Browns roster for this past week was partially due to an attempt to re-negotiate his contract and then deal him to the Cardinals, according to the OBR's Lane Adkins and John Taylor.

Seattle, for some reason, now seems to be fishing around for a backup quarterback.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 8:59:00 AM

DA Apologizes for Being Jerky

Derek Anderson has apparently had second thoughts about telling Cleveland Browns fans what ruthless knobs we are. Either that, or his agent dug his number out of his rolodex and placed a phone call that included the phrase "What the @#$%!&! do you think you're doing?".

About 1AM, this statement hit our mailbox:

"I said some things to Jeff Schudel earlier that I regret.  Those of you who got to know me personally from covering the Browns over the past five years, know this was out of character for me.  I wasn't taken out of context, but I was speaking out of frustration after my career with the Browns come to a close.  I had some great times playing in Cleveland, especially during the 2007 season, and I met some great people and made many lifelong friends along the way.  I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life."

DA has to do some image scrubbing in a hurry. He's got a visit lined up with the Seahawks later today.

Also, given that there are only 32 employers available for the services of an NFL quarterback, it doesn't make sense to reduce that number to 31, especially given the number of quarterback injuries and waiver wire desperation we've seen in Cleveland over the last decade.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 10:49:00 PM

Well, uhhhh…. We Didn't Like You, Either! Yeah.

All of a sudden, I'm not feeling so bad about being cynical about Derek Anderson's quarterback play while he was a member of the Browns.

Check out what Anderson wrote to our friend Jeff Schudel when asked to comment on his release:

"The fans are ruthless and don't deserve a winner," Anderson wrote Tuesday in a terse e-mail when asked for a reaction to being released. "I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured.

"I know at times I wasn't great. I hope and pray I'm playing when my team comes to town and (we) roll them."

Holy frijoles. Seems a tad bitter.

Anderson's email is utterly inappropriate and, to be blunt, an idiotic thing to write. Even Phil Savage's career-nuking "#(@*%! you. Go root for Buffalo" was written in the heat of the moment. I can't think of any excuses for Anderson's broadside.

The veteran QB knew this release was coming and had weeks to adjust to the notion emotionally. He had plenty of time to think about the good times and bad over five years in Cleveland.

He's been out of town since the season ended, has had time to reflect, and simply decided that this is what he wanted to say.

Then again, Anderson's decision-making never has been very good. We just didn't know the bad judgements extended to PR as well.

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