- Is the Browns defense versatile enough to have a ‘Death Lineup’? (cleveland.com) - Positionless football has been part of the NFL conversation for some time now, but not put into practice as much as in the NBA. Still, every team wants to find that hybrid player able to handle multiple jobs and create — or avoid — mismatches. This is especially true on defense.
- Browns’ Jarvis Landry to renew rivalry with Chiefs’ Travis Kelce in charity softball game (Beacon Journal) - Browns receiver Jarvis Landry will get a chance to renew his rivalry with the Kansas City Chiefs before the highly-anticipated Sept. 12 season opener at Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will again participate in Landry’s celebrity softball game June 12 at Classic Park Stadium in Eastlake. The Browns had their 2020 season end with a 22-17 road loss to the Chiefs in an AFC Divisional playoff.
- Browns Countdown: Relive the franchise’s top 75 moments (clevelandbrowns.com) - This is history in the making, and Browns fans are poised to play a big role in it. To continue our celebration of the franchise’s 75th anniversary, we’re launching “Browns Countdown: Top 75 Moments” presented by Bridgestone. Over the next month, through videos, articles and more, we’ll be highlighting the top 75 moments in Browns history.
- Tommy Togiai becomes fifth draft pick to sign contract (Browns Zone) - The Browns continue to sign their draft class. Defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, a fourth-round pick out of Ohio State, signed his rookie contract Friday, the team announced.
- Colts confident about multiple Achilles recoveries, but should they be? (The Athletic) - If you’re beginning to feel like Indianapolis is ground zero for torn Achilles tendons lately, your feelings are justified. Colts fans have seen their fair share in recent months. It’s not only that running back Marlon Mack and safety Malik Hooker sustained torn Achilles in consecutive games early last season. It’s also that the Colts in the past few weeks have acquired two players who each tore their Achilles in January.
- Marqise Lee waived by San Francisco 49ers after signing Monday (ESPN) - The San Francisco 49ers waived veteran wide receiver Marqise Lee on Friday, four days after they signed him to a one-year contract. Lee had received the contract Monday after trying out last weekend at the 49ers’ rookie minicamp, where he caught passes from rookie quarterback Trey Lance on Friday during the portion of practice open to the media.
- Justin Herbert’s big challenge in Year 2? Overcoming the ‘worst thing’ for young QBs: coordinator turnover (NFL.com) - The most head-scratching change, according to coaches and personnel people around the league, was the Los Angles Chargers letting nearly their entire offensive staff go after firing head coach Anthony Lynn. The move raised eyebrows because their quarterback, Justin Herbert, was the Offensive Rookie of the Year last season, racking up more completions and touchdown passes than any rookie in league history.
- What do some NFL execs think of Aaron Rodgers’ trade value? It’s more debatable than you might expect (Yahoo Sports) - Since the NFL draft, Aaron Rodgers has been hypothetically traded hundreds of times. And the scenarios are getting cranked out despite Rodgers’ total silence and zero indication that the Green Bay Packers are going to budge on Rodgers playing anywhere else next season. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of experienced opinions about Rodgers’ trade value across the NFL, coming from people who have worked extensively on their own large-scale trades. With that in mind, we asked six high-level front office executives to offer their analysis of Rodgers’ realistic trade value in the event that the quarterback and the Packers can’t hash out their differences.