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Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Thursday, Feb. 18.

Cleveland Browns:

Cleveland Browns 2015 Roster Analysis: Linebackers

"The 2015 season was a disappointment for the Cleveland Browns defense as a whole. The linebacking core had a mix of veterans and youth playing and took its growing pains collectively throughout the season. The linebackers struggled to produce a strong edge rush presence and struggle to set the edge and stop the run."

Cleveland Browns: Five positions to fix in 2016

"It’s not going out on a limb to say the Cleveland Browns have several roster holes to fill this offseason. Coming off a 3-13 season with an offensive lead by a gutsy, but aging quarterback, and an offense that statistically was one of the worst in the league, the new front office and coaching staff have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to make sure the team’s latest rebuilding effort is the last one for a while."

Cleveland Browns to honor Jim Brown with a statue at FirstEnergy Stadium

"The Cleveland Browns used the occasion of Jim Brown’s 80th birthday to announce that they have commissioned a statue of the Hall of Fame running back. The statue, which will be placed outside of the southeast corner of FirstEnergy Stadium, will be unveiled this fall during the annual Browns Alumni Weekend."

Cleveland Browns: Statue honoring Jim Brown will be made (Factory of Sadness)

"The Cleveland Browns announced earlier today that the team will honor Brown with a statue. Today is also his 80th birthday. Brown has been a special advisor for the team since 2013. The artist who will be creating the statue for the Cleveland Browns is David L. Demming and it will be located at the southeast corner of First Energy Stadium. The statue will be unveiled during the Cleveland Browns’ 2016 Alumni Weekend."

Browns not raising season ticket prices in 2016 (Dawgs by Nature)

"Last year, the Cleveland Browns drew the ire of their fans when they raised the cost of season tickets for the first time since 2008. “Coincidentally,” the Browns’ past two hikes in prices have come after posting fairly decent records."

NFL News:

2016 NFL free agency: Who will Matt Forte sign with? (FanSided)

"It’s hard to imagine Matt Forte suiting up in anything other than a Bears jersey next season; after all, the eight-year veteran out of Tulane has played his entire career in Chicago. But after losing time to youngsters Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey in 2015 and turning 30 last December, the two sides mutually decided to go their separate ways this offseason."

Women’s group urges sponsors to suspend ties to Peyton Manning (ESPN)

"A national women’s rights group is calling for prominent companies including Papa John’s and Nationwide to suspend their relationships with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, after allegations of a sexual assault against him from 20 years ago resurfaced."

Seahawks won’t ask Beast Mode for $5M signing bonus (NFL.com)

"Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks haven’t always seen eye-to-eye in contract discussions, but the two sides will part on amicable terms following the star running back’s abrupt retirement."