Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (5/6/13)

Chris Graythen

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Cleveland Browns:

  • "A Compelling and Complicated Man" (TheClevelandFan.com) - "The announcement barely earned a mention in the Plain Dealer last week but Scott Fajita, the former linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, has officially retired. He signed a one-day contract with the New Orleans Saints so that he could officially retire from the franchise that wouldn't pay him enough to keep from becoming a free agent and signing with the Browns."
  • "Joe Banner was right not to trade down to get Geno Smith" (Morning Journal) - "Say what you want about what the Browns did in the NFL draft last month, but as more and more reports come out, we should be happy about what CEO Joe Banner did not do. He did not trade down in the first round to acquire an extra pick so he could draft quarterback Geno Smith. That, it is turning out, was a very good decision."
  • "Armonty Bryant seeks to atone for college arrest" (Beacon Journal) - "Tim McCarty believed so strongly that Armonty Bryant had learned from his 2012 arrest for selling marijuana that he gave him the key to his house. Because East Central (Okla.) University defensive end Bryant could no longer live on campus after he left school to train for the NFL Scouting Combine, the football coach let Bryant live with him for about two months."
  • "HS coach praises Mingo's work ethic, character" (ClevelandBrowns.com) - "Barkevious Mingowould not have been in New York City for the 2013 NFL Draft or received a standing ovation from more than 10,000 LSU baseball fans in the days to follow had he chosen not to listen to James Remedies, an athletics administrator at West Monroe High School, early in his prep career."

NFL:

  • "Former Pro Bowl tackle Clabo signs with Miami" (AP) - "By acquiring 330-pound tackle Tyson Clabo, the Miami Dolphins filled the biggest hole in their lineup. Clabo signed Sunday and is expected to play right tackle, with Jonathan Martin moving from right to left tackle, where he'll replace the departed Jake Long."
  • "Report: LeGarrette Blount takes pay cut with Patriots" (NFL.com) - "It's too early to say how LeGarrette Blount will fit into the New England Patriots' backfield plans in 2013 -- or if he'll fit into them at all. Blount at least appears to have the enthusiasm of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. That carries some currency in Foxborough."
  • "Terrell Owens wants to play for Patriots: ‘That’s a no-brainer’" (SI.com) - "Though it seems unlikely the New England Patriots would have corresponding interest in him, embattled wide receiver Terrell Owens said it would be a 'no-brainer' to potentially join forces with quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick."
  • "Is Johnny Manziel ready for the NFL?" (ESPN) - "Last spring, on a fairly nondescript morning in San Diego, the college football universe shifted in unforeseeable ways. An ambitious third-string quarterback from Texas A&M -- a kid with ordinary size and a quick smile -- had come to work with George Whitfield, a noted quarterback mentor who had trained the likes of NFL stars Cam Newton and Andrew Luck in recent years."
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