Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns free agent targets


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Monday, Feb. 8.

Cleveland Browns:

Browns: 10 players to look at in free agency

"Depending on which of their own free agents the Browns ultimately retain, and just how much the salary cap increases once the new NFL year begins on March 9, the Browns are expected to have somewhere around $38 million in cap space for 2016. The Browns can use help at wide receiver, linebacker and in the secondary, and should always be looking to add quality depth to the offensive line. So while it may be a pipe dream to think that the club will sign a true difference-maker, and knowing that other teams may do everything they can to avoid losing their own free agents, here are 10 players that the Browns should at least take a hard look at."

Josh Gordon needs to convince NFL he has changed

"The Cleveland Browns are in the process of rebuilding their offense under head coach Hue Jackson where, in addition to the quarterback position, the team will be looking to add firepower at wide receiver. That could include the return of Josh Gordon, but only if he convinces not only the Browns but the NFL as well that he has changed his ways."

Browns: 5 teams to call about a Johnny Manziel trade

"Following his latest incident with the authorities, who reportedly used a helicopter to track him down and investigated him for a possible assault of his former girlfriend, for which no charges were filed, quarterback Johnny Manziel’s welcome in Cleveland has run out. The Ballad of Johnny Manziel will play no more in Cleveland, but can they convince another team to pick up the tune? Here are five teams the Browns should call to see if they may be interested in acquiring Manziel."

NFL will help Johnny Manziel – but he has to want it

"There is help available for troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel. All he has to do is have the courage to ask for it."

Hue Jackson enjoyed meeting Paxton Lynch at Super Bowl (cleveland.com)

"Browns coach Hue Jackson mixed plenty of business with pleasure during Super Bowl week, including rubbing shoulders with top quarterback prospect of Paxton Lynch of Memphis."

NFL News:

Broncos are Super Bowl 50 champions (Predominantly Orange)

"The Denver Broncos have defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24-10 to claim the team’s third Super Bowl title in franchise history."

Panthers fall to Broncos in Super Bowl 50 (Cat Crave)

"Denver was the underdog at home in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots and then were underdogs against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Yet, the Broncos were able to beat the odds and take down the Panthers by a 24-10 score, beating a team that had only lost one other game all season long."

Marshawn Lynch plans to retire (12th Man Rising)

"Adam Schefter is reporting that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has begun telling his friends in the NFL that he is going to retire. This isn’t a surprise, but it still a bit sad to hear that such a great player is hanging his cleats up for good."

“We read them like a book” (MMQB)

"Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and his unit utilized “green-dog” blitzes and an extra lineman to overwhelm Cam Newton and a Carolina Panthers offense that had no answers in Super Bowl 50."

Hall of Fame announces 2016 class (ESPN)

"Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre headlines the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. Favre will be joined by wide receiver Marvin Harrison, linebacker Kevin Greene, tackle Orlando Pace and former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneerscoach Tony Dungy. Dick Stanfel and Ken Stabler, the two nominees from the seniors committee  also will be enshrined in the class, as will former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who was nominated as a contributor."