- The case for Baker Mayfield as ROY (cleveland.com) - The NFL awards show is Feb. 2 and the race for rookie of the year is a tight one between Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Browns QB Baker Mayfield. The case for Baker Mayfield is strong. Let’s take a look at the case for the Browns’ signal-caller to win the award.
- Dorsey won’t go crazy in free agency (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Browns will enter free agency with the largest amount of salary cap space to play with than any other team in the NFL when the new league year begins on March 13. But don’t look for general manager John Dorsey to order up a Brinks truck and start throwing bags and bags of cash at players in a wild free agency shopping spree come mid-March.
- What the ESPN expose means for the current Browns (WFNY) - It’s officially been over 48 hours since ESPN posted Seth Wickersham’s piece. Northeast Ohio and football fans across the country have now had a chance to digest the information and react accordingly. For Browns fans, the general message of the article was a familiar one. Owner Jimmy Haslam has never been viewed as a successful leader of the organization. His 21-75-1 record since purchasing the team is all you need to know to form that opinion. Sure, some of the specific quotes and stories were interesting to read about, but all in all, no Clevelander finished the article and gasped. The Browns organization has had internal dysfunction? Color us shocked!
- Garrett, Mayfield will change Browns cap structure (DPD) - The Cleveland Browns could have a lot of cap space dedicated to two superstars in defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Baker Mayfield
- Detroit linebacker Trevor Bates arrested in New York (si.com) - Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates was arrested in Queens, N.Y. early Saturday morning, and allegedly punched a police officer in the eye following his arrest, according to TMZ. Bates was reportedly arrested for refusing to pay his cab fare around 3 a.m.
- Don’t count on NFL overhauling the Pro Bowl (ESPN) - There is less to ridicule about the NFL’s Pro Bowl these days, thanks to a series of ancillary events and innovations that bleed attention away from the game itself. But one (rather large) elephant remains in the room: the roster selection process.
- Rams think Todd Gurley will bounce back (NFL.com) - Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and running back C.J. Anderson prognosticated that when Super Bowl LIII rolls around against the Patriots, it will be the Toddy Gurley who showcased MVP-candidate form earlier in the season who will take center stage.
- Eagles DE Chris Long does not rule out retirement (NBC Sports Philadelphia) - Eagles defensive end Chris Long would like to continue his NFL career but hasn’t yet ruled out the possibility of retirement. After the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, Long pondered retirement before deciding to return for his 11th NFL season, which was a productive one. But Long said that for the rest of his career, each offseason will be met with the same questions about his career.