On Tuesday, we had some complaints that once our live blog reached over 1,000 comments, it became impossible to load the thread. It eventually went over 2,000 comments. Today, we are creating a "Part II" of our Day 2 live blog / open thread for Cleveland Browns free agency, in the hopes that we make loading easier for everybody.
If you would like to read our Wednesday live blog from this morning up until 2:30 PM ET, go here. Below, our live blog continues with updates from 2:30 PM ET onward.
2014 Browns Free Agency Live Blog - Day 2 (Part II)
10:33 PM: OK, here is another rumor about RB Ben Tate, this time with John Telich of FOX 8 news saying that he will be in Berea on Thursday.
Timetable for Ben Tate meeting Browns is tomorrow in Berea.— john telich (@JohnTelich8) March 13, 2014
10:11 PM: Why did it take so long for the Browns to confirm their free agent signings? Because you don't want something like this to happen (Update: Saffold is now going back to the Rams):
Per @VicTafur Cleveland native Rodger Saffold failed his physical with Raiders, voiding his $42.5 million contract.— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) March 13, 2014
10:08 PM: Some more back-and-forth rumors about RB Ben Tate. Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland said that a Browns official told him, "If Ben Tate is in Cleveland, the general manager doesn't know about it." This was in response to WKYC reporting that Tate was in Cleveland tonight. A little later, WKYC corrected themselves, saying that upon second glance, it is actually a "tight end candidate." No name was given, but former tight ends who have played under Kyle Shanahan include TE Fred Davis and TE Owen Daniels. Both are free agents.
8:30 PM: The sweepstakes for CB Darrelle Revis have ended, and the Patriots are the victors (but only on a 1-year, $12 million deal):
CB Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
8:02 PM: For a good read on insight into the Browns' web / video production team, check out this from Zac Jackson.
7:48 PM: There are definitely a lot of conflicting things out there about RB Ben Tate. Now, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland is saying that Tate was never even scheduled to be in Berea today:
Confirming that RB Ben Tate did not visit #Browns today, nor was scheduled to.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) March 12, 2014
6:43 PM: We might know why we haven't heard anything about RB Ben Tate. Now we are hearing that Tate was not in the building today because the hectic Cleveland weather prevented him from arriving:
Heard Tate was supposed to be in town but weather kept him from coming— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) March 12, 2014
6:35 PM: The free agent board that we tweeted out earlier (which we saw on Reddit) got a lot of traction; even the national media is commenting on it. Everyone has jumped to the Browns' defense, though, saying that it is the video production's board, not the front office's board.
The "free agent" board being talked about w/the Browns is not that at all. Teams video dept monitors reports, collects list to have video...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
ready for possible targets. its nothing affiliated with football operations I'm told— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
6:34 PM: As a reminder from earlier, the Browns have $41.06 million in available cap space (although that does not include the Trufant deal yet).
6:25 PM: CB Captain Munnerlyn is visiting the Minnesota Vikings tonight, according to reports. He was one of the cornerbacks I wanted to see the Browns go after (for the second year in a row).
6:13 PM: Well...us posting the photo to the big board just blew up Twitter for us. In the mean time, Bull & Fox interviewed SS Donte Whitner, and he reiterated that he's trying to recruit players to Cleveland. You can really tell that Whitner is going to go all out to be an asset to the community, as well as a solid football player.
5:42 PM: Here are the players we can make out from the leaked board:
QB Rex Grossman
RB Ben Tate
WR Andrew Hawkins
WR Julian Edelman
ILB Arthur Moats
CB Alterraun Verner
CB Darrelle Revis
CB Nolan Carroll
SS Donte Whitner
Was just told, the whiteboard leaked was from the #Browns video production room, not an actual FA board. BUT, it obv give some hints.— ClevelandStrikesBack (@ClevStrikesBack) March 12, 2014
5:30 PM: Did the Browns leak their free agent board when Ray Farmer came out for the press conference?
5:19 PM: Interesting note from SS Donte Whitner, who says that he's trying to get the Browns to sign WR Ted Ginn Jr, who wants to be a Brown as well.
Whitner says re: Ted Ginn Jr, "I know for a fact he wants to be a Cleveland Brown. Hopefully if all goes well, he'll be here"— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) March 12, 2014
5:10 PM: GM Ray Farmer didn't have time to stick around at the Browns' press conference: he has work to do. Still, his one-minute presence was more than anything Michael Lombardi ever gave us.
5:08 PM: Welcome to the Browns!
4:50 PM: The Browns will be introducing CB Donte Whitner and ILB Karlos Dansby at 5:00 PM ET at a news conference. Follow our comments section for the latest, or view it on Browns.com:
4:46 PM: For those free agents trying to come to Cleveland, or the members of the media trying to get to the press conference at 5:00 PM ET? You might have to deal with something called Cleveland weather...
4:40 PM: An interesting note to consider about the dead money the Browns owe QB Brandon Weeden:
4:36 PM: WR Emmanuel Sanders has been at the Jaguars' facility all day and reportedly likes it there, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Browns fans were hoping Cleveland could get Sanders.
4:34 PM: The contract details are in for CB Isaiah Trufant, who the Browns signed early this morning. This will change our cap space by a tiny bit, but maybe I should wait until tonight to post an updated figure:
CB Isaiah Trufant got a 2-year, $1.54M deal from #Browns that includes $1M gtd.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2014
4:25 PM: Addition by subtraction (in terms of cap space). The Browns have released QB Jason Campbell. Taking his $3.25 million salary off the books, it offsets the cap space the Browns lost by cutting Weeden. Therefore, we are updating the Browns' available cap space from $37.81 million to $41.06 million. Overall, the net change of cutting Weeden and Campbell? The Browns save $1.25 million.
4:16 PM: Yep. By the way, by cutting Weeden, the Browns go from $39.81 million in cap space to $37.81 million in cap space for 2014. (Remember, though, the move freed up $2 million in cap space for 2015)
4:12 PM: Here is our story on the Browns releasing Weeden. Also, CB Darrelle Revis is officially a free agent after the Buccaneers cut him. The Detroit Lions also signed WR Golden Tate to a 5-year deal.
4:00 PM: The Browns have released QB Brandon Weeden, meaning we have already hit on 2 of our 5 speculated cap casualties this offseason. Weeden was set to make $2.204 million against the cap in 2014. By cutting Weeden, he will count for $4.204 million against the cap this year. This is a cost-saving move for next season.
"After discussions with Brandon and his agent, we’d like to give him the ability to pursue other opportunities." - Ray Farmer— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) March 12, 2014
3:20 PM: We finally have our first report about C Alex Mack. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, there are four teams who are showing an interest in him. Because Mack has the transition tag, teams might be waiting for the initial wave of free agency to settle down, and then gameplan how they can pry Mack away from the Browns:
What’s going on with #Browns center Alex Mack? I’m told 4 teams have been in contact on varying levels. Waiting for the frenzy to die down— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2014
3:07 PM: There are a couple of people on Twitter who have floated the idea that the Browns are trying to acquire QB Tom Brady from the New England Patriots. None of the reports have come from the national media or local reporters. Chances are, nothing will materialize from these low-level rumors, but feel free to let your mind wander for a bit. After all, we never thought the Browns were trying to get Jim Harbaugh, and the media largely left that unreported for a month.
2:50 PM: Add another veteran receiver to the free agent pool: the Cowboys have released WR Miles Austin. He'll always be remembered for the fumble against the Browns a few years back that wasn't ruled a fumble in overtime.
2:48 PM: The Jets are showing an interest in Packers WR James Jones. That could take another veteran receiver off the market; I'd like to see Cleveland still get somebody, whether it be WR Emmanuel Sanders or WR Lance Moore.
2:38 PM: The big news to watch will be when the Buccaneers release CB Darrelle Revis before 4:00 PM today. A lot of teams will be interested in him, and the Browns could give him a big cash spend if they so choose to: they still have nearly $40 million in cap space. Revis to the Patriots seems to be the most likely scenario at this point, though.