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02:48 PM ET 03.11 | The Cleveland Browns are in need of help on the defensive line, and in an effort to fill that need, the team is pursuing Ricky Jean-Francois and Jason Jones. The Browns are switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme, and Jean-Fancois would likely fit in nicely at end. In four seasons, primarily as a backup, with the San Francisco 49ers, he has 49 tackles and three sacks. Jones, who has 122 tackles, 18.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in five years with the Titans and Seahawks, is another option at end for Cleveland. The Browns' defensive line ranked in the middle of the NFL pack last season, ranking 11th in sacks (38) and 13th in yards per carry allowed (4.2).

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, Chris Graythen Chris Graythen
March 11, 2013  04:18 PM ET

Try the draft. It's a good one for them.

March 11, 2013  04:44 PM ET

The Browns want everyone. One report has them going after backup QB Ryan Mallet of the Patriots.

March 11, 2013  07:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Browns want everyone. One report has them going after backup QB Ryan Mallet of the Patriots.

Didn't you hear, they have a ton of money so they are going to buy everyone available!!!

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March 11, 2013  07:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Try the draft. It's a good one for them.

That's the problem...


They don't draft worth a damn.

March 11, 2013  08:51 PM ET

Look, I'm a lifelong Browns fan and quite frankly I think I know much more about this team than most national sportswriters. Linemen should be last on the Browns list of defensive priorities for a couple reasons, they're switching to the 3-4 and they already have guys who can play that position (Taylor, Rubin, Hughes, Winn, etc.). Linebacker and cornerback are much, much bigger needs.

March 11, 2013  10:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's the problem... They don't draft worth a damn.

*Didn't.*

There's no telling what happens now that they have little Lombardi making the calls.

I've been waiting for a decent Browns team for more than a decade. I wanted the AFC North to be the best division in the league. I'm just not too certain that I like it happening as the Steelers seem to slide.

March 12, 2013  04:16 AM ET

Whenever I hear "Browns and Defensive Linemen", I think of the year the Broncos signed FOUR DLs from the Browns in one year. Ebenezer Ekuban, Michael Myers (former Cowboys), Courtney Brown and (the dirty player) Gerard Warren. Interesting and not real productive. Of these DLs, I remember Warren the most for his dirty and unnecessary hits on QBs after an interception. His hits were the cause for rule changes regarding hits on QBs after interceptions. Just a dirty player.

March 12, 2013  08:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Look, I'm a lifelong Browns fan and quite frankly I think I know much more about this team than most national sportswriters. Linemen should be last on the Browns list of defensive priorities for a couple reasons, they're switching to the 3-4 and they already have guys who can play that position (Taylor, Rubin, Hughes, Winn, etc.). Linebacker and cornerback are much, much bigger needs.

It's the Akron Beacon journal, they throw it and hope it sticks!

March 12, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Look, I'm a lifelong Browns fan and quite frankly I think I know much more about this team than most national sportswriters. Linemen should be last on the Browns list of defensive priorities for a couple reasons, they're switching to the 3-4 and they already have guys who can play that position (Taylor, Rubin, Hughes, Winn, etc.). Linebacker and cornerback are much, much bigger needs.

Haven't you heard? They are also going to pick up Kruger, Ellerbe, Harrison....

 
March 12, 2013  01:29 PM ET

Browns are almost as dysfunctional as The Jets and 3 Years ago The Jets made the playoffs!!!

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