San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders hire Carmen Policy, former president of the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns, to spearhead push for proposed $1.7-billion NFL venue in Carson, Calif. - @latimes
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he will see team next week after stay at rehab facility, says, 'I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down' - @Browns
Cleveland Police Chief on statement from president of police union regarding Cleveland Browns player Andrew Hawkins wearing Tamir Rice shirt: 'It is important to note that the comments made by Mr. Folmer do not represent the views of the Cleveland Division of Police. The Division of Police respects the rights of individuals to peacefully demonstrate their personal views and opinions. Mr. Hawkins was certainly well within his rights to express his views and no apology is necessary' - statement
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins defends wearing a 'Justice for Tamir Rice' shirt during warmups Sunday; says 'wearing of the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason to innocent people' - @clevelanddotcom
President of Cleveland Police Union issues statement on Cleveland Browns player wearing Tamir Rice t-shirt: 'It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium and the Browns organization owes us an apology' - @WEWS
The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football franchise in Cleveland, Ohio, who are members of the North division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). They play at FirstEnergy Stadium, with administrative offices and training facilities in Berea, Ohio. The Browns' official colors are orange, brown and white. They are unique among the 32 member franchises of the NFL in that they do not have a helmet logo.
The Cleveland Browns were founded in 1945 by businessman Arthur B. McBride and coach Paul Brown as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). The Cleveland Browns dominated the AAFC, compiling a 47–4–3 record in the league's four active seasons and winning its championship in each of them. When the AAFC folded after the 1949 season, the Browns joined the National Football League along with the San Francisco 49ers and the original Baltimore Colts. The Browns won a championship in their inaugural NFL season, as well as in the 1954, 1955, and 1964 seasons. From 1965 to 1995, they made the playoffs 14 times, but have never won another championship or even appeared in the Super Bowl.
In 1995, owner Art Modell, who had purchased the Browns in 1961, announced plans to move the team to Baltimore, Maryland. After threats of legal action from the city of Cleveland and fans, a compromise was reached in early 1996 that allowed Modell to establish the Baltimore Ravens as a new franchise while retaining the contracts of all Browns personnel. The Browns' intellectual property, including team name, logos, training facility, and history, were kept in trust and the franchise was regarded by the NFL as suspended. A new team would be established by 1999 either by expansion or relocation. The Browns were announced as an expansion team in 1998 and resumed play in 1999.
Since resuming operations in 1999, the Cleveland Browns have posted a 84–172 record through the 2014 season. They have had two winning seasons: a 9–7 record in 2002 and a 10–6 record in 2007, and qualified for the playoffs in the former as a wild card team.