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Cleveland Browns Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20


Cleveland Browns Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20
Early on the morning of March 14, Donte Stallworth was driving on McArthur Causeway in Miami Beach when his car struck and killed 59-year-old pedestrian Mario Reyes, who was crossing the causeway to wait for a bus to take him home.


When police arrived, blood was drawn from Stallworth to check for alcohol or drugs in his system, a procedure mandated by law in Florida. Miami Beach police spokesman Juan Sanchez said it might take as long as three weeks for testing to conclude.

On the day before the accident, the Browns paid Stallworth a $4.875 million bonus negotiated when Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract last year. The Browns are concerned about the victim and his family, but they also have to be anxious to learn what if anything will happen to Stallworth. They are counting on him to start opposite Braylon Edwards in 2009. The Browns are not commenting on the incident, other than to issue the standard statement that they are aware of the seriousness of the situation.

If potential legal troubles do prevent Stallworth from playing in 2009 the Browns might be able to recoup the roster bonus, but the money would still count against the salary cap.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

The Jets matched an offer the Browns made last week to safety Abram Elam, a restricted free agent at the start of free agency, which means Coach Eric Mangini is still looking for a starting strong safety.

The Browns signed Elam to a one-year offer sheet of $1.5 million. The Jets last month retained the right to match any offer made Elam by offering him a contract worth just over $1 million. Tuesday was the final day the Jets could match the offer, and that was when they matched.

At the very least, Elam would have been part of a rotation with Brodney Pool and Mike Adams. Elam also is regarded as a versatile special teams player.

Sean Jones, the Browns starting strong safety from 2005-08 when healthy, signed a free agent contract with the Eagles.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Outside linebacker: Eight players have been signed by the Browns in free agency, but none addresses the need of an increased pass rush from the left outside linebacker. The Browns have been looking for that player since drafting right outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley in 2006.

2. Safety: The Browns did not think enough of Sean Jones to sign him to an extension before free agency began and now they have to find another starter. They re-signed Mike Adams to a three-year contract, but he is better as part of a rotation than a starter for 16 games.

3. Wide receiver: Even if Donte Stallworth escapes legal trouble for killing a pedestrian while driving, the Browns have to beef up their receiving corps. It is very thin behind Braylon Edwards. Stallworth caught only 17 passes while playing in 11 games last season.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--OL Lennie Friedman missed all of 2008 with a shoulder injury, lost weight during his recovery and is unlikely to be re-signed.

--LB Kris Griffin has a long injury history and won't be back.

--CB Daven Holly is worth re-signing if the price is right. He is coming off major knee surgery and doesn't have much bargaining leverage.

--LB Willie McGinest is expected to retire.

--OL Seth McKinney is valuable as a backup but will not be re-signed unless the Browns get him for a bargain.

--LB Shantee Orr made four tackles from scrimmage and six on special teams. He will not be back.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered)

--TE Brad Cieslak (ERFA rights terminated).

--DE Chase Pittman (not tendered as ERFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--S Mike Adams: UFA; $4.1M/3 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--FB Charles Ali: ERFA; terms unknown.

--WR Syndric Steptoe: ERFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--LB Eric Barton: UFA Jets; $11.15M/4 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--David Bowens: FA Jets; $7.2M/4 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--RB Noah Herron: FA Jets; terms unknown.

--CB Corey Ivy: UFA Ravens; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--DT C.J. Mosley: UFA Jets; $5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--CB Hank Poteat: UFA Jets; $745,000/1 yr.

--TE Robert Royal: FA Bills; $10M/3 yrs, $3M guaranteed.

--T/G John St. Clair: UFA Bears; $9M/3 yrs, $600,000 guaranteed.

--OT Floyd Womack: UFA Seahawks; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--CB Terry Cousin (released).

--CB Travis Daniels: UFA Chiefs; terms unknown.

--LB Andra Davis: UFA Broncos; $5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--TE Darnell Dinkins: UFA Saints; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--QB Ken Dorsey (released).

--P Mike Dragosavich (released).

--QB Bruce Gradkowski (released).

--S Sean Jones: UFA Eagles; $3M/1 yr, guarantees unknown.

--WR Joe Jurevicius (released).

--LB Antwan Peek (released/failed physical).

--PK Jason Reda (released).

--OT Kevin Shaffer (released).

--TE Kellen Winslow (traded Buccaneers).

--RB Jason Wright: UFA Cardinals; $2M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--OT Eric Young (failed physical).

--OG Scott Young: UFA Broncos; terms unknown.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 20, 2009

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