|Browns agree with Josh McCown, 3-year deal|
Hoyer not likely to be re-signed
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Feb 27, 5:45 pm
|The Browns agreed to terms with Josh McCown, 35, on a three-year deal Friday after a bidding war between the Browns and Bills, who are now coached by Rex Ryan. McCown's signing decreases the chances that the Browns will re-sign Brian Hoyer. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The fact that there was a "bidding war" for McCown's services is good indication of just how weak the free agent quarterback class is this season. McCown is familiar with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo from their days in Oakland (2007) and is expected to serve as a mentor for Johnny Manziel. With no receiving options to speak of, McCown is nothing more than a QB2 in fantasy leagues.
|Johnny Manziel enters rehab facility|
Browns QB getting treatment
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Feb 2, 10:35 am
|Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who's been photographed partying from coast to coast since the day he was drafted, entered a treatment facility Wednesday and is getting the help he needs, according to a family friend and advisor. "Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate, and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Manziel's partying was displayed on social media during the year including a photo of him and rolled up dollar bill in a bar bathroom. Manziel also missed a team meeting late in the season and admitted to partying the night before. He's got a long way to go if wants to make himself into a starting quarterback in the NFL.
|Browns hire John DeFilippo as OC|
Former Raiders QB coach headed to Cleveland
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jan 21, 10:45 am
|The Cleveland Browns have decided on Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to be their new offensive coordinator, Northeast Ohio Media Group has confirmed. DeFilippo, a rising young offensive star in the NFL at the age of 36, worked with Mike Pettine in 2009 when both were with the New York Jets. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: DeFilippo got an interview for the same position last season before Cleveland decided to go with Kyle Shanahan. This will be DeFilippo's first job as OC and will have a challenge on his hands dealing with the Johnny Manziel circus show and a wide receiver corps that could be minus Josh Gordon.
|Browns, OC Kyle Shanahan part ways|
Split reportedly due to disagreement over Manziel
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jan 8, 5:15 pm
|The Cleveland Browns' tradition of change continues, as a team source told ESPN.com Thursday that OC Kyle Shanahan and QBs coach Dowell Loggains will not return next season. Shanahan resigned and Loggains was fired, according to a league source.
Both spent one year with the Browns, and both were under contract for 2015. Sources familiar with the situation said the split was caused because the pair did not see eye to eye with the front office about QB Johnny Manziel. The front office wants Manziel to be the starter, and the source said the coaches do not believe they can win with him. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Good luck to the Browns finding another offensive mind that did what Shanahan did for their offense in 2014. The Browns were without three Pro Bowlers on offense for large portions of the season: C Alex Mack, TE Jordan Cameron and WR Josh Gordon. Despite that, the Browns scored at least 21 points in nine of the first 11 games. Shanahan's departure figures to have a significant impact on the fantasy values of every Cleveland player, particularly Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West.
| Johnny Manziel (hamstring) out for year|
Connor Shaw could get start Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 22, 4:40 pm
|Browns HC Mike Pettine: "Brian Hoyer (shoulder) has not been ruled out. Connor Shaw will get a good amount of reps. Exploring other options." (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnny Manziel's disappointing two-game run as the Browns' starter is over. The Browns already know what they have with Hoyer, so it would come as a surprise if they didn't turn to Shaw after he was arguably the most impressive quarterback in their camp during the preseason. Shaw can run a little bit and showed in his final year at South Carolina that he could make good decisions in Steve Spurrier's offense. Perhaps Shaw can give Cleveland's offense the jump-start it desperately needs.
|Johnny Manziel to start for Cleveland|
Browns make switch at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 9, 1:15 pm
|The Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland Browns football is officially under way. Fox's Jay Glazer was the first to report the news that Manziel will start.
The former Heisman Trophy winner will start his first NFL game Sunday against the 8-4-1 Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium, taking over a 7-6 Browns team that Hoyer guided to the brink of the playoffs.
(Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The writing was on the wall after a second dismal performance from Brian Hoyer. Manziel will step into a decent fantasy situation now that Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron are back in the mix. The Bengals-D has been solid against opposing fantasy QBs despite being torched by Ben Roethlisberger last week for 350 yards and 3 TDs.