OBR News and World Report: 3/21


Posted Mar 21, 2006


Today's edition features a report on a report about various reports concerning Lavar Arrington.

 

BROWNS BYTES

Finally, there is some confirmation that the Browns are willing to part ways with starting center Jeff Faine.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns have given Faine's agent permission to pursue a trade. This granting of permission was long expected as the Browns have fielded several calls from interested teams since their signing of Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley on the opening day of free agency ten days ago.

While the paper goes on to say that, if Faine is not dealt, he would start at center--with Bentley moving to guard--sources have consistently told The OBR that it is “highly, highly unlikely” that Faine would remain on the roster.

And even more unlikely that Bentley would make the move back to the guard position. At least willingly.

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Throughout this off-season, many a Browns fans entertained thoughts of Julian Peterson in orange and brown in 2006. Unfortunately, those thoughts can be wiped from their short- and long-term memory as the linebacker has signed with the Seahawks.

Shortly after losing a court ruling regarding free-agent Steve Hutchinson, and deciding not to match the Vikings' offer to the guard, the Seahawks put pen to paper on a deal with the Pro Bowl LB.

According to the Seattle Times, the two sides agreed on a seven-year, $54 million contract, which included $18.5 million in bonuses.

Late last week, The OBR reported that the biggest reason for the relative lack of interest in Peterson were his contract demands. Sources said that Peterson was seeking $18-$20 million in guaranteed money, which caused a certain amount of trepidation for several teams, including the Browns.

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This morning, Pat McManamon of the Akron Beacon Journal came to praise Paul Tagliabue, who announced yesterday that he would step down as commissioner of the NFL in July of this year.

While we have not come to bury Tagliabue, we have come to toss our two cents of reality into the national media love fest.

Yes, Tags played a major role in returning football to Cleveland. However, there are two issues that, for now, are being buried in a torrential downpour of plaudits.

The biggest issue, of course, was allowing the Browns to move in the first place. He could have been pre-emptive; instead, he refused to go against one of the old-guard owners until the deafening cries of Browns fans around the world could not be ignored.

Secondly, and nearly as important, was the dragging of the NFL's collective feet in getting an ownership group in place in a timely manner. That's a misstep that Browns fans continue to pay for to this day.

The commish is not dead nor, as far as we know, is he dying; there is no reason why the entire portrait of his commissionership cannot be put on full display, warts and all.

A legacy is what it is: the whole of one's work.

Save the gloss for the eulogy.

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According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “various reports” have the Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis in serious discussions with the agents for linebacker LaVar Arrington.

We can only assume that Adam Schefter of the NFL Network is involved in a vast majority of those “various reports”.

In a related story, Schefter is reporting that Arrington is drawing interest from both the defunct Canton Bulldogs and soccer's Manchester United.

 


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