Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns sign Barnidge to extension
Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Friday, Dec. 11.
Cleveland Browns sign Gary Barnidge to contract extension
"The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Gary Barnidge to a contract extension on Thursday, the team announced on its website. The news mean that, for one day at least, it is all not doom, dysfunction and despair in Berea. Barnidge, who is in his third year in Cleveland and seventh year in the NFL, has a team high 60 receptions and seven touchdowns, and is second on the team in receiving yards with 817 (those numbers also put him third among all tight ends.) He entered the season with career totals of just 44 receptions, 603 receiving yards and three touchdowns, making this year a pleasant surprise for everyone involved."
Dawg Pound Daily staff picks: Week 14
"And we are back! Week 13 is in the books and the Dawg Pound Daily staff is back again with their Week 14 picks of the NFL games. Last week saw the New England Patriots lose at home to the Philadelphia Eagles, a Hail Mary from Aaron Rodgers helped the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions, and the Carolina Panthers survive a scare in New Orleans against the Saints to remain unbeaten. Oh, and our beloved Cleveland Browns were dismantled at home, 37-3, by the Cincinnati Bengals."
Cleveland Browns: Mike Pettine ranks last for in-game strategy (Factory of Sadness)
"ESPN decided to rank NFL coaches and their ability to make in-game decisions, and Cleveland Browns’ coach Mike Pettine is No. 32–last in the NFL. The writer, Andrew Healy, ranked coaches by looking at their ability to win replay challenges, their fourth-down aggressiveness, and clock-management mistakes. Most recently, Pettine’s clock management cost the Browns during the infamous “Kick-6” loss to the Ravens on Monday Night Football."
Tight end Gary Barnidge’s meeting with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam led to 3-year extension (NEOMG)
"Tight end Gary Barnidge didn’t mess around when making it known that he wanted to remain a Brown. He went straight to the boss, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. A few days later, on Thursday, Barnidge received a new three-year contract extension worth a reported $12 million. “I just wanted to talk to him in person, face to face, and just let him know I’m happy, I wanted to be here and all that stuff,” said Barnidge, who’s playing at a Pro Bowl clip. “I did my research and all that kind of stuff and I’m happy about where we’re going to go. I can foresee things are going to happen, we’re going to turn things around and I want to be part of that.”"
Is Gary Barnidge contract extension good for Browns? (FanSided)
"According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Cleveland Browns have agreed to a three-year contract extension with tight end Gary Barnidge worth upwards of $12 million.The question isn’t whether the Browns and Barnidge agreed, it’s whether or not this is a good deal for Cleveland.Barnidge, who is 30 years old, is in the middle of his best season as a professional. He has been a rare bright spot for the worst team in football in the 2-10 Browns. The former Louisville Cardinal has 60 receptions for 817 yards and seven touchdowns. Before 2015, Barnidge had 44 receptions for 603 yards and three touchdowns in his seven-year NFL career."
J.J. Watt plans to play through broken hand (ESPN)
"Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has a cast on his left wrist and missed practice Thursday. Watt said he broke his hand during Wednesday’s practice but will be on the field when the Texans (6-6) host the New England Patriots (10-2) on Sunday night at NRG Stadium. “People are going to try to make a big deal out of this, but I’ve played with worse than this before, even this season,” Watt said. “This, I’m not very worried about. My elbow a couple years back was way more painful. This was painful when it happened, but it’s football. In a game of football you’re going to play with pain.”"
DeMarco Murray ‘100 percent’ wants to be an Eagle (NFL.com)
"Despite the negativity flying around Eagles’ DeMarco Murray this week, the running back insisted Thursday he wants to remain in Philadelphia. “100 percent. Yes,” he said when asked if he wanted to be an Eagle in 2016, per NFL Media’s Albert Breer. Murray acknowledged the conversation between Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, which ESPN reported took place on the plane ride after the win over the New England Patriots, but said “that’s a conversation between Jeff and myself.” Murray brushed aside that there was anything to the conversation, saying he often sits next to the owner: “I can’t speak to my boss?”"
49ers vs. Browns: 5 players to watch for San Francisco (Niner Noise)
"San Francisco, coming off a 26-20 overtime win over the Chicago Bears a week ago, will look for its first winning streak of the season. The 49ers are 4-8 and remain in last place in the NFC West. Meanwhile, the 2-10 Cleveland Browns have had their own share of problems this year. And not just including all the controversies surrounding quarterback Johnny Manziel. This game will be a reunion of sorts for a number of players. Kicker Phil Dawson spent the majority of his career in Cleveland before landing with the 49ers. And former San Francisco punter Andy Lee will face off with the team that drafted him."