Daily Dawg Tags: Embracing Earnest Byner is a smart move


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, May 27.

Cleveland Browns:

Cleveland Browns are smart to embrace Earnest Byner

"Earnest Byner’s name is often associated with one of the most infamous plays in NFL history, but that should not take away from his accomplishments in an otherwise illustrious career. The AFC Championship Game played against the Denver Broncos on January 17, 1988 is better known as the game where The Fumble occurred, which is something that needs no explanation."

Johnny Manziel should not be covered by Cleveland media

"Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has found a way to stay relevant, even though it is for all the wrong reasons. After assaulting his ex-girlfriend, destroying a rental house during one weekend and drinking pretty much anywhere at any time, Manziel is back in the news."

Cleveland Browns saying the right things about Justin Gilbert

"It is a new year with yet another new regime, but the story remains the same as the Cleveland Browns continue to talk up Justin Gilbert. The third-year cornerback has been working with the first team defense during Organized Team Activities in place of Joe Haden, who is still recovering from off-season surgery on his ankle."

Cleveland Browns ink Emmanuel Ogbah to rookie deal

"The Cleveland Browns signed another draft pick on Thursday as second-round selection Emmanuel Ogbah put pen to paper on his rookie contract. Ogbah signed a four-year deal worth $6.6 million, including a $3 million signing bonus, according to OverTheCap.com. He is the seventh of the team’s 14 draft picks to sign his rookie contract."

Browns to hold joint practices with Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Dawgs by Nature)

"Head coaches in their first year with a new club often don’t have the time to negotiate joint training camp practices with another team, but that isn’t the case with Hue Jackson. Earlier today, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter confirmed that the Bucs will hold joint practice sessions with the Jacksonville Jaguars and then the Cleveland Browns in August."

That’s so Browns? Returning WRs had one NFL touchdown in 2015 (ESPN.com)

"Thirty-two NFL players had more than 70 receptions last season. Forty-six had more than 757 yards. One-hundred and sixty-eight had more than one touchdown. The significance?
 The receivers on the Browns roster combined had 70 catches, 757 yards and one single touchdown in 2015."

NFL News:

John Harbaugh fined, Ravens lose OTA week for practice rules violations (FanSided)

"In the current state of the NFL, practices are watched very closely by the league as part of the most recent collective bargaining agreement. There are certain camps where players aren’t allowed to be in pads or in contact drills, something worked out by the player’s union as part of their push for player safety."

Jets owner considered Mike Holmgren for head coach (NFL.com)

"Former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren announced his retirement in January of 2015 after learning that the 49ers did not reciprocate his interest in returning to the sidelines in San Francisco. Like many coaches who were retired by the league in their final stops, though, Holmgren isn’t resistant to the charms of being courted by NFL owners."

Goodell letter reaffirms $30 million commitment to NIH (PFT)

"The week began with a Congressional report accusing the NFL of rescinding $16 million from a $30 million gift to the National Institutes of Health due to the league’s disagreement with the NIH’s selection of a researcher to oversee testing aimed at detecting Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in living patients."