As I look at Phil Dawson, I notice that this man has played all 192 games of his professional career in Cleveland. All 192 games with the same struggling squad. I think to myself... what's the incentive for players like him to come and stay here? Besides a lucrative contract and a chance to play for an NFL team, it seems like some players are quick to dismiss the Browns as a potential team they'd like to play for.Is it the performance of the team? Yes, we have struggled, but it can't be bad forever, right? Look at the Lions and Bills this year. Is it the unappealing weather in Cleveland? Nobody says you have to live here while you play. It seems like players are quick to bad mouth the Browns after being traded or released too (Anderson and Edwards come to mind). Even this summer, when we traded for Brodrick Bunkley, he shunned us and chose not to report. What is so wrong about playing for the Browns? What is so unattractive about Cleveland? Does Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, or any other rust belt town get the same treatment? It doesn't seem like it.
I realize not every player is disgusted with the thought of playing here. It's just that when it does happen, and we do get shunned away, it's a real morale killer. And not just the Browns, but the Cavs and Indians seem to have this issue too. What must the city of Cleveland do to attract players without having them "think about it"? Is a winning team all it takes?
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