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Cleveland Browns Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-27


Cleveland Browns Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-27
A cold war between Coach Eric Mangini and Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers seems to be thawing.


Rogers is shown greeting teammates before working out at the team training complex in video released by the Browns Tuesday. Also in the video are quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn plus center Hank Fraley.

Until making the video the Browns have been very secretive about who is working out. Including Rogers in the footage is an indication Rogers might be mellowing in his stance against the Browns. He recently asked to be traded or released because the Browns ordered him to be at a prescribed weight for the offseason program and because Mangini did not introduce himself to Rogers on two separate occasions.

Mangini was not in Berea when Rogers appeared for the first time this winter. He was attending the NFL owners meetings in California along with other coaches and general managers.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

Coach Eric Mangini is using free agency to make sure the Browns have quality depth, primarily on defense. For example, they could have re-signed cornerbacks Daven Holly and/or Travis Daniels. Instead they signed Hank Poteat and Corey Ivy.

They looked for depth and versatility on the offensive line instead of big ticket players such as LeCharles Bentley, Kevin Shaffer and Eric Steinbach -- three player signed by former general manager Phil Savage. The original contracts of those three players combined totaled $121 million.

Tackle John St. Clair signed a three-year contract for $9 million. Guard Floyd Womack signed for $2 million over two years.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Outside linebacker: Establishing a pass rush opponents have to reckon with has to be a priority after getting just 17 sacks last season. Coach Eric Mangini says improving the pass rush includes better coverage in the secondary, but the Browns don't have a starting left outside linebacker because they released Antwan Peek and Willie McGinest, a free agent, is likely to retire.

2. Safety: The Browns need a starting safety. They have not addressed that need in free agency, unless they think re-signing Mike Adams is the answer. They could be thinking of using the fifth pick in the draft on Malcolm Jenkins from Ohio State.

3. Running back: Wide receiver was a priority until the Browns signed 35-year-old David Patten. They still might take one on the second day of the draft. The same holds true for running back as they look to groom a replacement for Jamal Lewis. Like every team they would like to find a Terrell Davis in the sixth round.

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.

--WR David Patten: FA Saints; 1 yr, terms 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 27, 2009

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