Open the Curtain ... Please
Phil Dawson
OBR Browns Reporter
Posted Jul 28, 2011

Everyone awaits the Browns' moves beginning 4 p.m. today (Thursday)


Without any news coming out of Berea—other than the obvious—dumping of QB Jake Delhomme—Browns fans are getting restless. However, there is hope, according to Pat Shurmur.

“There is a lot going on behind the scenes, believe me,” Shurmur said Wednesday. “But what we’re doing will start to become public (Thursday) at 4.”

The OBR’s Lane Adkins reports that the Browns are in the mix for three significant free agents, but Tom Heckert has said the Browns are going to be relatively conservative in that area. Two of the players are possibly OT Willie Colon and DE Ray Edwards.

“Salary cap room is not an issue for us but we’d much rather spend it on our young players that we have right, now,” Heckert said. “We do like our players, so we’ll spend it, that’s not a question.”

The Browns are expected to retain K Phil Dawson (franchise tag), TE Evan Moore (restricted FA) and possibly S Abe Elam (unrestricted FA). DL Robaire Smith, DE Jayme Mitchell and CB Eric Wright are other players the Browns have talked with, but nothing has transpired.

“We’ve talked to a lot of our players and I’ve have a lot of good conversations with them,” Heckert said. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

In other words, the Browns have made their pitch or offers and if the players don’t get what they perceive is a better opportunity, they will return, but the Browns aren’t bowling them over with a mega deal.

Heckert said his priority is building through the draft.

“The most active we’re ever going to be was last year,” Heckert said. “We’ve talked to a zillion guys in the last couple of days, but we don’t expect to sign many. I don’t think there will be any major surprises, no, but I mean, it’s still Wednesday.”

Dawson Back: It appears that K Phil Dawson and the Browns have mended their differences and Dawson will rejoin the team. Heckert said he “had a very good conversation with Phil (Wednesday), and we’ll see what happens.”

Dawson appeared headed for free agency as he sold his Westlake home and relocated to Texas, but with the franchise tag on him, he will most likely sign the one-year $3.175 million contract tender the Browns offered. The Browns can also sign him to a longer term contract.

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