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Cleveland Browns Inside Slant 2009-03-06


Cleveland Browns Inside Slant 2009-03-06
Some of the 18 front-office employees fired by the Browns since the end of last season were sacked for having loose lips and whispering too often to the media. Coach Eric Mangini believes the less information that gets out, the less opposing teams know about the Browns.


Mangini will be secretive about injuries to the point he won't reveal a player is undergoing surgery unless maybe, just maybe, the player is carted off the field and put on injured reserve.

The Browns' new head coach is being just as secretive about free agency. Through the first week, the only free agent signed by the Browns was tight end Robert Royal, formerly of the Bills.

Mangini is not revealing which players have visited the Browns. Word eventually leaks, but the Browns are not confirming the reports.

The secrecy has spawned baseless rumors. The wild one that spread around the country in the first week of free agency had the Browns trading quarterback Brady Quinn and nose tackle Shaun Rogers to the Broncos for Denver quarterback Jay Cutler.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels squashed the rumor of Cutler being traded to Cleveland or anywhere else. The story never had legs in the Browns training complex, but it kept fans buzzing. Last year the Browns played the Broncos. Cutler passed for 447 yards and three touchdowns. He might have thrown for 500 yards in a 34-30 Denver victory if not for three or four dropped passes.

Such a trade even with another team makes no sense from a Browns' standpoint. If the Browns traded Rogers they would have a hole the size of the Grand Canyon in the middle of their defensive line. If they traded for a starting quarterback they would have two, just as they do now with Quinn and Derek Anderson.

The reason the rumor seemed at all believable is Rogers last week reportedly asked to be traded because he felt slighted by Mangini and because the Browns were concerned about his weight, but the Browns were emphatic - and still are - Rogers is going nowhere.

As for trading Quinn, if a quarterback is to be traded the one expected to go is Anderson. He is due a guaranteed bonus of $5 million on March 13. If he is not traded before then it is unlikely the Browns would peddle him until the draft.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 6, 2009

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