NFL Notes: Browns, Dolphins, Jets, Panthers


  • Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that free agent QB Kirk Cousins‘ price tag will likely be too high for the Browns, considering that they’re prepared to use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback prospect.
  • Even so, Cabot says that the Browns will still explore the possibility of signing Cousins along with the other veteran options available.
  • Cabot believes it’s more likely Cleveland will pursue the next tier of quarterbacks including Bengals backup A.J. McCarron and the Vikings group of free agents.
  • Also working against the Browns is the fact that there are other teams in better position to compete right away such as the Broncos and possibly the Vikings.


  • Alex Marvez reports that the Dolphins have named Louisville’s Kyle Johnston their new athletic trainer.


  • Rich Cimini of ESPN expects the Jets to pursue impending free-agent centers Ryan Jensen and Weston Richburg in the coming months.
  • Cimini mentions that the Jets have opened extension talks with free agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, ILB Demario Davis and CB Morris Claiborne.
  • Compared to the last offseason when the Jets quickly locked up G Brian Winters prior to the start of free agency, Cimini notes that Winters was compelled to sign his extension since he was coming off rotator-cuff surgery and their offer was “too good to pass up.”
  • Cimini points out that if the Jets sign Kirk Cousins and a quarterback prospect falls to No. 6 overall, New York becomes a team to watch in trade-down scenarios.


Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he would be “very surprised” if a new owner tried to move the Panthers out of Carolina.

I’d be very surprised if someone would try to move that team,” Kraft said, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “First of all, Charlotte’s an amazing area. It’s an area of growth. The fans there have been great.”

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