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Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Browns have signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate. Cleveland's offense will have a different look this season under new coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and the Browns need someone to clear a path for Tate, who signed a two-year, $7 million free agent deal with them in March.
Impact: Pressley missed all of last season with Cincinnati because of a knee injury. The 5-foot-10, 249-pounder has made 20 career starts in the NFL for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2012, he helped Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis lead the league by converting 14 of 15 times on 3rd-and-1 plays. The Browns did not have a traditional fullback on their roster last season, using Chris Ogbonnaya and some reserve tight ends. Pressley was a teammate of Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas at Wisconsin.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The confusing whirlwind of free agency behind him, Pro Bowl center Alex Mack says he's excited about staying with the Browns. Mack remained with Cleveland after the team quickly matched the five-year, $42 million offer sheet he signed from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday. The deal makes Mack the NFL's highest-paid center and allows him to test free agency again after two seasons.
Impact: For now, though, Mack is with the Browns and he said Monday that's looking forward to helping turn around a franchise that has endured six straight seasons of at least 11 losses. Mack disputed reports that he wanted out of Cleveland, saying "there's a business side of football, it's positioning." Mack would like to see more stability with the Browns, who fired coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season. Mike Pettine will be Mack's fourth coach in six seasons.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Browns have signed Pressley (knee), the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Pressley, who is now presumably healthy after dealing with a knee injury last season, will provide the Browns with a fullback that can help pave the way for Ben Tate and company. However, Pressley won't see enough touches in the team's offense to merit fantasy attention.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Cleveland Pro Bowl center Alex Mack signed an offer sheet with Jacksonville on Friday, the Jaguars said. The Browns have five days to match and are expected to do so. Cleveland secured that right after placing a $10 million transition tag on Mack before free agency opened. Based on reports, it's a five-year, $42 million offer.
Impact: The team entered free agency with re-signing Mack as a top priority. On Tuesday night, owner Jimmy Haslam said he was optimistic "Alex Mack will be a Cleveland Brown for a long time." Mack has played 4,998 consecutive snaps since he was drafted by Cleveland in 2009. He made his second Pro Bowl last season.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Browns have matched the offer sheet Mack signed with the Jaguars, Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: After signing a five-year $42 million dollar deal with the Jags, the Browns had five days to match the offer sheet to keep Mack, and they wasted little time in doing so. Cleveland was never expected to let their pro-bowl center walk, and they will now employ the highest paid center in the NFL.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mack has signed his five-year, $42 million offer sheet from the Jaguars, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: This deal will make Mack the highest paid center in the league, and will officially award him with the long-term deal that he's been awaiting. The Browns have five days to match the offer sheet, which they are fully expected to do, so Mack will likely remain in Cleveland despite the Jaguars' interest.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The offer sheet that Mack is on track to sign with Jacksonville is expected to be matched by the Browns, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Regardless of which team he ends up with, Mack will end up being the highest paid center in the league, and take home a nice $18-20 million in guaranteed money. The deal makes sense for Cleveland, as that amount of guaranteed money would be slightly less than what he would have cost them to use the transition and franchise tags over the next two seasons. Even though the two sides have been unable to work out a long-term deal, Mack's deal with Jacksonville may have been exactly what the Browns needed to ensure he stays on board to see through their rebuilding process.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Browns coach Mike Pettine isn't concerned about Mack missing the team's offseason program as he tests free agency.
Impact: Mack recently visited with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have not yet offered him a contract. The Browns would have five days to match any offer to Mack, who was tagged as Cleveland's transition player before free agency began. Mack can play next season in Cleveland for $10 million. Pettine calls Mack's situation "fluid" and says there's some optimism the Browns may hold onto the Pro Bowler because "nothing has happened so far."
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mack is on track to sign a five-year offer sheet with Jacksonville, reports.
Impact: Once Mack signs the deal, which would reportedly make him the NFL's highest paid center, the Browns will have five days to match the offer, since they applied their transition tag to Mack. The team has a stated preference to retain Mack, and the cap space to do so, but so far the parameters of the Jags' offer have yet to be released.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon and Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irving spent the past few days in a media spat, exchanging barbs across TV, Twitter and newspaper. Gordon, who led the NFL with yards receiving last season, fired the first verbal volley last week when he went on ESPN and discussed Irving's problems this season with teammate Dion Waiters. Irving then didn't waste any time in shooting back.
Impact: Irving said he has spoken to Gordon about the comments. "I just let him know that the whole situation kind of got blown out of proportion," Irving said. "There was no disrespect on my end to him or anything he does. I have the utmost respect for him."
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson on Sunday.
Impact: A 12-year pro, gives the Browns experience and depth at receiver. He'll also be able to mentor young wideout Josh Gordon, an emerging star who led the league in yards receiving last season.