Joe Haden hints on social media of Browns discussions

Joe Haden may have been stirring the pot or hinting at a return (or something else) with his social media post but it has Browns fans talking:

One of the best parts of social media is that it can bring fans into the worlds of professional athletes. One of the worst parts of social media is that it can bring fans into the worlds of professional athletes.

Either way, social media helps the 24/7 news cycle that has been made possible by smartphones and constant access to information. It leads to more conversations, more thoughts and more ‘what ifs’ than ever before but, now, on a more wide-reaching scale.

Former Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden used Instagram Wednesday night and started a conversation for Cleveland Browns fans. Via his IG story, Haden seems to be hinting at a reunion with the team:

Cleveland released the then-28-year-old cornerback after seven seasons with the team. Haden latched on quickly with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers where he enjoyed five more seasons.

At 32 years old, the former first-round pick is nearing the end of his career but may still have something to give the team. With Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome II and Greedy Williams at the top of the CB depth chart, perhaps a transition to safety in returning to the Browns would make sense. John Johnson III and Grant Delpit are starters there with Ronnie Harrison returning on a one-year contract.

It is possible that Haden is just stirring the pot or had something else in mind but his post certainly has people talking.

Browns sign LB Dakota Allen who starred in ‘Last Chance U’ show

Last Chance U star has been a staple on special teams the last two years in the NFL:

The Cleveland Browns filled a spot on their 90-man roster Tuesday with the addition of LB Dakota Allen. Allen was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 but never played for the team. Instead, Allen played two games for the Oakland Raiders and three for the Jacksonville Jaguars during his rookie season.

Allen then spent the last two years with the Jaguars playing in 27 games for the team. Primarily a special teams player, playing in 74% of Jacksonville’s snaps in that phase of the game, Allen has combined for 38 tackles in his three seasons.

With the Browns having a lot of turnover at the bottom of their roster, special teams units may have a big need that Allen can fill.

Prior to entering the NFL, Allen was a star on the Netflix hit show “Last Chance U” where he took advantage of the second chance to showcase his talents. He showed some hitting ability during the preseason with the Rams:

Allen could have an uphill climb for a roster spot but his special teams ability gives him a chance.

Browns refute new stadium reports, looking at ‘significant stadium renovation’

In response to a report about a new stadium, a Browns statement notes studying ‘a significant stadium renovation.’ Whether it is dome talk or finance talk, what is next for the Browns stadium plans will spur debate:

The Cleveland Browns have played their games on the shores of Lake Erie in the same stadium since they returned in 1999. Currently named FirstEnergy Stadium, it is the twelfth oldest stadium in the NFL.

All four of the AFC North stadiums were built within four years of each other with Baltimore’s the oldest (1998) then Cleveland’s with Cincinnati’s a year later and Pittsburgh’s opening in 2001.

The Haslam’s have done some renovation work over the years but rumors have swirled of a new stadium, with a dome being desired by both the ownership group and city officials.

A report came out this weekend that the team was looking to make that new stadium happen possibly downtown.

Browns spokesman Peter John-Baptiste issued the following statement regarding the team’s plans for a stadium:

“As we have consistently communicated, along with the City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and other prominent local organizations, we have been immersed in discussing ways to best approach the lakefront’s future and the stadium naturally is a critical piece to the long-term execution of such a project,” the Browns said in a statement. “Contrary to recent speculation, a recent feasibility study we launched does not contemplate a new stadium or showcase new stadium sites. A significant stadium renovation at our current site is the premise of the study as well as a focus on how to provide accessibility to the lakefront, drive density and create 365-destination major development opportunities that would include new public parks, retail, office, experiential and residential spaces. The vision, as many in our community have already seen, is centered on an extensive land bridge. As we are just beginning the study, we certainly do not have enough information to determine the cost of renovating the stadium or what the aesthetics of such a renovation would entail. We believe our study will help answer those questions and should be completed in 2023. The future of the stadium is one of several important pieces to the long-term execution of the lakefront project, and our organization looks forward to continuing to work with our community partners and leaders to identify next steps and our role in helping advance this initiative.”

According to the Tennessee Titans, whose stadium opened the same year as the Browns, it will cost $1.839 billion to renovate their stadium or $2.2 billion to build a new stadium with a dome.

The Browns lease at FirstEnergy Stadium runs through 2028 but the team is getting ahead of that to make a plan for the future. Whether the team should have a dome and how it will be funded will be hotly debated topics between now and whatever decision is made.

Carly and Wyatt Teller announce they are expecting a baby

With photos on the Browns field and a tiny Teller jersey, Carly and Wyatt made the announcement public on Father’s Day:

Wyatt Teller’s story is an interesting one and is about to get more interesting. His football journey has brought him to a place where he is a vital cog for the Cleveland Browns but it took some twists and turns to get there.

The Buffalo Bills drafted Teller in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft. He started the second half of the season for the team but the Bills decided to make a significant overhaul to their offensive line going into the 2019 season. John Dorsey, the Browns GM at the time, took a swing on Teller trading away a fifth-round pick and swapping a sixth-round pick for a seventh in the process.

Much like his first season in Buffalo, Teller didn’t see the field much until the second half of the 2019 season. He quickly became a mainstay of the line and signed a big contract extension in 2021.

Now a different kind of extension as he and his wife, Carly, announced that they are expecting a baby:

Perfect timing for the pair to make the announcement on Father’s Day and great use of the tiny jersey and photos on Cleveland’s field.

The Browns Wire staff would like to congratulate the happy couple on the upcoming arrival of baby Teller!

Browns host families at FirstEnergy Stadium for Father’s Day

See photos of the Father’s Day event the Browns put on down at the stadium Sunday:

Father’s Day weekend matched up with the month plus between mandatory minicamp and training camp for the Cleveland Browns. Players have scattered for their summer vacations before the grueling 2022 NFL season begins.

While the players go on their way, the organization isn’t done working. The front office and coaching staff are busy reviewing film from the team’s offseason work and making plans for training camp including ideas of what players from other teams might become available.

The operations staff also is on duty making sure everything is ready for the season and engaging the fanbase. That engagement includes a family event at FirstEnergy Stadium for Father’s Day:

A great experience for fans to touch the field and throw the football around on a day where the weather resembles a fall Sunday more than one in mid-June.

A friend of mine was in attendance with his son, as seen below. According to him, opportunities for photos with the Browns bobbleheads, family photos, a free football and food were included in the event:

Everyone here at the Browns Wire hopes each of you had a great Father’s Day weekend, whatever it might mean to you!

Report provides injury updates on Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams

A new report brings clarity to the unknown related to two of the Browns top three cornerbacks:

The Cleveland Browns enter over a month off between the end of mandatory minicamp this week and the beginning of training camp in late July. As is true with all teams, injuries can derail a season quickly as could significant discipline for QB Deshaun Watson.

Jack Conklin’s recovery from last year’s devastating knee injury was the biggest medical issue coming into the offseason. Greedy Williams and Jakeem Grant joined Conklin in sitting out minicamp practices with undisclosed injuries.

A big scare in the final practice of minicamp, which took place at FirstEnergy Stadium, was when Denzel Ward left the field earlier with medical staff.

According to a new report, Ward dodged any significant foot injury and should be ready for training camp:

An MRI and X-ray on the left foot which Ward injured during Thursday’s practice inside First Energy Stadium showed no structural damage, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. He is expected to be available once training camp starts July 27.

The good news continued with Williams’ injury:

Greedy Williams spent much of the three days working with a trainer off to the side as he recovers from what is, per reports, a sprained ankle that also isn’t expected to be a long-term issue.

This early in the offseason, Cleveland likely played it cautious with any injury concerns. With Troy Hill traded in the offseason and Greg Newsome II moving inside during three-receiver sets, Ward and Williams will be the team’s primary outside corners.

Health is vital in the NFL, Ward and Williams being healthy for training camp is great news going into the weekend.

Browns announce training camp dates, how fans can get tickets

Tickets, get your tickets! Browns training camp dates are official with access to get tickets starting next week:

The Cleveland Browns just finished mandatory minicamp which means the next step toward the NFL season is training camp. It is likely, between now and then, that the fate of QB Deshaun Watson’s 2022 season will be decided and the team and fans will have some clarity.

It is also hoped that the fate of QB Baker Mayfield will be decided by then as well.

Training camp opens for the team on July 27th with the first practice fans can attend coming a few days later, July 30th. The last date for fans to attend camp is August 16th, a few days prior to the team’s second preseason game. Fans will not be able to attend join practices between Cleveland and Philadelphia

According to the team, season ticket holders will get advance access to training camp tickets:

Tickets will be available to the public on Thursday, June 23 at 10 a.m. Browns season ticket members once again will receive a special 48-hour window to reserve their tickets to training camp practices, starting on Tuesday, June 21.

Each account can register for up to four (4) tickets to an individual session. Similar to past training camps and home games at FirstEnergy Stadium, printed tickets will not be available this year.

In all, 11 practices will be open to fans later this summer.

The full training camp schedule is as follows:

Date Time
Wednesday, July 27 Closed practice
Thursday, July 28 Closed practice
Friday, July 29 Closed practice
Saturday, July 30# 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 No practice
Monday, Aug. 1 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 2 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3 2 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 4 No practice
Friday, Aug. 5 2 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6 2 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7 2 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 8 No practice
Tuesday Aug. 9 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 10 Closed practice
Thursday, Aug. 11 No practice
Friday, Aug. 12 Preseason Game 1: at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. ET, News 5
Saturday, Aug. 13 No practice
Sunday, Aug. 14 2 p.m. ET
Monday, Aug. 15 2 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Aug. 16 2 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Aug. 17 No practice
Thursday, Aug. 18% Closed practice
Friday, Aug. 19% Closed practice
Saturday, Aug. 20 No practice
Sunday, Aug. 21 Preseason Game 2: vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m. ET, News 5

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% Joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles

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With much of the team returning from last year and some key additions, the Browns hope training camp is the start of a march to the Super Bowl. Fans have made camp a raucous place in the past and made attendance fun and exciting for everyone involved.

Browns make several new hires and promotions in the front office and scouting staff

The Cleveland Browns make several hires and promotions in the front office and scouting staff

Throw out your old Cleveland Browns front office org chart. Thursday saw several changes to the management and scouting staff under GM Andrew Berry.

The Browns hired seven new people into the football operations staff and also promoted or added new titles to 13 returning members, most of them on the scouting staff.

Among the new hires are a couple of expected names. Catherine Raiche is the new Assistant GM and Vice President of Football Operations. She comes from the Philadelphia Eagles and is the highest-ranking female in any NFL front office. Another ex-Eagles staffer, Shawn Heinlein, comes with Raiche to Cleveland. Heinlein is the new Southwest area scout for the Browns, a capacity he’s held with other teams for over 20 years.

The other new hires:

Hajriz Aliu – Scouting assistant

Chris Buford – National scout

Ryan Conway – Scouting assistant

Jimmy Raye – Senior Executive advisor

Cyrus Wolford – Scouting assistant

You might recognize Raye’s name. He has over 20 years of front office experience, including a stint as the Assistant GM of the Houston Texans when they drafted Deshaun Watson in 2017.

The shuffle of the existing employees includes promotions for seven members of the scouting department. In their new capacities:

Adam Al-Khayyal – Director of pro scouting

Zack Ayers – National scout

Josh Cox – West Coast area scout

Sam DeLuca – Assistant director of pro scouting

Matt Donahoe – Southeast area scout

Joe Dever – Mid-Atlantic scout

Max Paulus – Director of college scouting

Former Lions GM Bob Quinn moves from senior assistant to senior personnel/coaching executive, while Joy Tapajcik moves into the role of player personnel and football operations process manager. Shane Normandeau moves from scouting assistant to Football Operations coordinator.

Tyler Hamblin takes over as the director of Football Operations, moving up from the role inherited by Normandeau. Glenn Cook added Assistant GM to his title of VP of Player Personnel, while Callum Mahoney jumps into the role of salary cap and contract analyst.

K Cade York signs his rookie contract with the Browns

York puts pen to paper the same day he was seen hitting booming kicks inside FirstEnergy Stadium (video included) to close minicamp. Only 1 draft pick is left unsigned:

The Cleveland Browns just wrapped up their mandatory minicamp and now get a month and a half, or so, to prepare for the start of training camp. The team has a lot of things left that could change between now and the start of the season but hope for mostly stability.

Just following the completion of minicamp, the Browns announced that they had signed kicker Cade York to his four-year rookie contract. His signing leaves only fellow fourth-rounder Perrion Winfrey unsigned from Cleveland’s 2022 draft class.

As we shared previously, the Houston Texans may have caused a delay in players signing from the fourth round after they gave a larger bonus to their selection from that round.

York has impressed early in offseason activities including some booming kicks. Earlier Thursday, he showed off his leg at FirstEnergy Stadium:

The Browns struggled in the kicking game last year and hope that their investment in York pays off. Making sure there was no delay in getting him signed before training camp helps that process.

As the lone player left unsigned by the team, it will be interesting when Winfrey’s deal gets officially done. Expected to be a day two selection, the defensive tackle fell to Cleveland in the fourth round.

Denzel Ward leaves final minicamp practice early with trainer

On the last day of the mandatory minicamp, Ward seemed to be hurt and left the field early:

A few things could derail the Cleveland Browns 2022 season. The possible Deshaun Watson suspension heads the list for obvious reasons. The prolonged and, seemingly, complicated divorce from Baker Mayfield could have an impact if it lingers as well.

As with most teams, injuries are a constant concern. Last year, the Baltimore Ravens went from first place to last in the AFC North as players went on injured reserve left in right.

What may become a bigger concern for the Browns is as the roster becomes a little top-heavy with highly paid players. Often, this leads to less depth and an even higher priority in keeping players healthy.

In today’s last practice of mandatory minicamp, one of those top-level players left early with a trainer:

Newly signed to a huge extension, Ward has had his fair share of injuries throughout his career. Head coach Kevin Stefanski did not have an update on the injury following practice.

Ward, and the rest of the team, now have about a month and a half off before the start of training camp. The team is not required to provide injury updates during that time so the extent of Ward’s injury may not be known until camp starts.