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Highlights from John Dorsey’s press conference at the NFL Combine

The Browns head coach talks people-building, the backup quarterback situation, trying to keep Breshad Perriman, and more.

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Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey spoke Thursday morning at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Here are some highlights of what he discussed.

Retaining Free Agent Talent

  • Dorsey said that WR Breshad Perriman had said that he wants to return to Cleveland, and that he’s had numerous conversations with he and his agent. That agent? Drew Rosenhaus. Dorsey said he would be meeting with Rosenhaus about Perriman, and that he hoped to reach an extension with him before free agency begins.
  • He wouldn’t say what level tender would be placed on them, but confirmed that the team will tender WR Rashard Higgins and CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, both of whom are restricted free agents.
  • As far as free agency itself goes, Dorsey said he “wasn’t going to spend wildly,” because he has to think about 3-4 years down the road (presumably referring to when it is time to re-sign DE Myles Garrett and QB Baker Mayfield).

Jamie Collins’ Future in Cleveland

  • This often is not a good sign for a player, but Dorsey said he will meet with the agent of LB Jamie Collins on Friday to “discuss his future in Cleveland.”

Draft Class

  • The defensive line position is the strength of this year’s draft class. He also wants the Browns to be “longer” up front.
  • The amount of talent that will be available on Day 2 of the draft still stands out.

Other Nuggets

  • He’s not sure when the punishment will be announced, but he believes the NFL is in the final stages of the investigation on RB Kareem Hunt.
  • Dorsey ended his combine presser by taking a question about TE David Njoku, to which he said he wants him to improve his run blocking.
  • Asked about trading for receivers like WR Odell Beckham or WR Antonio Brown, Dorsey had a good answer:
  • Dorsey said that “Scot McCloughan is not working for the team in any capacity this year.”