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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:38:00 PM

North Carolina Pro Day

Scout.com's Chris Steuber reports that the Browns were among the teams who scouted today's North Carolina Pro Day. Key players demonstrating their skills were DT Cameron Thomas, all 6'4", 331 pounds of him, and defensive end E.J. Wilson.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:17:00 PM

Catching Up with Tuesday's News and Stuff

Posted on Twitter at: 9:59:00 PM
Agree. Very good read. RT @Asustar @TheOBR great interview with Holmgren, must read: http://bit.ly/d19v0O

Posted on Twitter at: 9:35:00 PM
(Subscriber) Holmgren's Answer the Real McCoy?: New Browns prez doesn't see a second-round QB. Reality or a bluff?... http://bit.ly/c5Nf7y

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8:30:00 PM

Eric Mangini on Sirius NFL at 9:30PM

What the title says.

If you're a Sirius subscriber, listen in. If not, well, find a friend who is. If you don't have a friend with Sirius, make one, and then gradually exit the relationship once the "friend"'s usefulness has expired.

And shame on you, by the way, for using people like that.

Posted on Twitter at: 7:10:00 PM
Browns, Chiefs Signal Cincinnati QB Pike: It's been reported that Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike has already wor... http://bit.ly/afk4ow

Posted on Twitter at: 4:33:00 PM
CLE/DAL/KAN/MIN-OLT To Visit: Hot News for OT Vladimir Ducasse http://bit.ly/dpwigL

Posted on Twitter at: 4:33:00 PM
Scout NFL Radio: Draft Edition: On Wednesday, March 24th, Scout.com's Chris Steuber hosts Scout NFL Radio from 6:3... http://bit.ly/dxasdt

Posted on Twitter at: 3:29:00 PM
RT @mortreport Filed to ESPN: Owners pass OT proposal by 28-4 vote. Post-season only but will be discussed in May to amend for reg. season.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:47:00 PM
(Subscriber) How Deep Does Gocong Interest Go?: Eric Mangini earlier today suggested that Kamerion WImbley was mov... http://bit.ly/9FRk1b

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 2:17:00 PM

McDonald, Hadnot Love Performance-Based Pay

Browns cornerback Brandon McDonald may be on thin ice in terms of holding onto his starting job, but the number of snaps he played in 2009 made him a nice chunk of change.

According to Biz of Football, McDonald was 24th on the list of top earners in the NFL's Performance-Based Pay system. McDonald was paid an additional $248,403 due to the perceived inequity between his playing time and salary.

Vikings C John Sullivan was the top-earner in the NFL, raking in an additional $397,555.

While this is likely the last year for performance-based pay, ex-Browns OL Rex Hadnot sure enjoyed it while it wa around. Hadnot reaped an additional $733,839 over the years from the PBP program (2002-9) while with the Dolphins and Browns.

No other Cleveland Browns players were in the top 25 PBP earners  announced by the league. The link at Biz of Football also has a nice set of examples of how the system works.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 1:00:00 PM

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 12:42:00 PM

It Ain't Over ‘til the Big Show Deals

When my wife and I took our then-young children to DisneyEpWorldLand in the 1990s, we would always arrange to have Breakfast with Mickey Mouse. This is an event wherein costumed college students would run around and amuse toddlers while their parents concealed their annoyance with over-priced bacon.

Mmmm… overpriced bacon… (drool)…

I digress.

There's a similar breakfast event during each year's NFL owners meetings, except the people with funny clothes are sportswriters, and the people being annoyed are NFL head coaches.

While Mike Tomlin dealt with a herd of newshounds eager for dirt on Ben Roethlisberger, one assumes that the table around 5-11 head coach Eric Mangini was a bit less crowded. For those willing to stop by, Mangini did offer that there are more trades to be made by the Browns, a revelation surprising exactly no one that follows the team closely. But good to have confirmed, nonetheless.

Look for more on the team's discussions and possibilities later today on the OBR.

Posted on Twitter at: 11:33:00 AM
(Subscriber) The Ideal Prospect?: Mike Holmgren has talked about adding a quarterback to develop in the draft in t... http://bit.ly/dnlW78

Posted on Twitter at: 10:24:00 AM
RT @mortreport Hearing Browns interest in Colt McCoy is real - either w 2nd round pick or package picks to move into bottom of 1st rd.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 9:44:00 AM

Tales from the Dork Side

  • Looks like Pat McManamon (NFL Fanhouse) is also in Orlando for the NFL's owners meetings. Scout has Adam Caplan down there. The Plain Dealer sent Tony Grossi. But that's about it with respect to local ties, from what I can tell - it's a smaller crowd. In years past, I remember a bunch of newspaper reporters would head down. As with road games, tough times for the news business have wiped out a working trip to Disneyworldland for most of the media.
  • "Sure", you're saying to yourself on the off-chance you notice, "Ironstag has run out of relevant photos to attach to this blog and is now just publishing random pictures found on the internet". But how wrong you would be! See, to me, that oblivious lady is us, and the ferocious Frisbee-lusting little dog is the 2008 NFL football season. We think things are just peachy, but, in reality we're about to have canine teeth implanted in our face. In front of everyone. Please take time to reflect on this.
  • Seattle's deal for Charlie Whitehurst shows exactly how desperate NFL teams are for quarterbacks with potential upside. Down in San Diego, they're having a hard time keeping their giggling from being too obvious after scamming trading Seattle a quarterback who, in some photos, displays a close resemblance to ancient comic strip character "Prince Valiant". We couldn't get much for Quinn and Anderson, why, again? I'm confused.
  • Oddly enough, I enjoy email and feedback. You would think that knowing people are reading this drivel would create something akin to a Pavlovian wince whenever a new email arrives, full of scorn and rhetorical slapping. But, no. Plus I get another beer pellet for each email, so that's something. My FoxSportsian masters are nothing if not kind.
  • Enough nattering. Back onto the wheel. Kind masters. Good masters.

Posted on Twitter at: 9:18:00 AM
RT @WFNYScott I made the @FoxSportsOH blogger finals!! Thank you all for helping to get me to this stage! More updates will likely follow.

Posted on Twitter at: 9:17:00 AM
RT @McClain_on_NFL It's good to have Mike Holmgren back in the NFL after a one-year absence. The NFL is better with him in it.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8:31:00 AM

OBR Newswire updates for March 22nd through March 23rd

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Posted on Twitter at: 7:46:00 AM
RT @tomecurran My sense of Tim Tebow is if you asked him to play nose, he'd play nose. There's a lot to like (about him). - B. Belichick

Posted on Twitter at: 7:40:00 AM
Three new stories added to Scout's NFL portal: http://bit.ly/93Hula

Posted on Twitter at: 7:09:00 AM
RT @McClain_on_NFL Pitts say they're not drafting QB despite of uncertainty over Big Ben's situation. They better b prepared for the worst.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 10:02:00 PM

That Really, Really, Really Hurts. Ow.

I guess Tim Tebow is a bit of a, let's say, polarizing figure.

For all the love he gets, Tebow gets smacked around harder in the press than any draft-eligible quarterback I can remember.

Exhibit 293: Gators WR Deonte Thompson referring to new field general John Brantley as "a real quarterback". As opposed, you know, to that last guy.

I can't riff on this any better than JT did in his other gig at College Football Talk, so I'll just link there.


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