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AFC North: Browns exec cools Kaepernick trade talk


AFC North: Browns exec cools Kaepernick trade talk

Who will be the Browns’ next starting quarterback?

That remains one of the AFC North’s important unanswered questions. According to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, the team’s interest in trading for Colin Kaepernick has been overblown.

“Not actively engaged with San Francisco and at this point don’t anticipate being actively engaged with San Francisco,” Brown said Monday via ESPN.com at the NFL meetings.


We already know the Browns have met with ex-Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, but a deal did not sound imminent.


It remains likely the Browns will draft a quarterback with the No. 2 pick, and they will likely have a choice between Carson Wentz of North Dakota St. and Jared Goff of Cal. But if Wentz or Goff were not ready to start by Week 1, a quarterback already on the Browns’ roster could start again, like Josh McCown or Austin Davis.

Since Joe Flacco became the Ravens’ starter in 2008, the Browns have had 13 quarterbacks start at least one game for them. Here’s the list:


Derek Anderson, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Brady Quinn


Anderson, Quinn


Jake Delhomme, Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace


McCoy, Wallace


Thad Lewis, Brandon Weeden


Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Weeden


Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Conner Shaw


Davis, Manziel, McCown

Uncertainty at quarterback is nothing new for the Browns. Why should this offseason be any different?

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.