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Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Mike Pettine
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense17th86.4 (26th)252.5 (9th)
Defense9th111.3 (15th)221.1 (9th)
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Phil Taylor hoping Browns pick up option
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Nose tackle Phillip Taylor hopes the Browns pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which would pay him about $5.5 million in 2015, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Cleveland has until May 3 to exercise the option.

“I would love to be here, but that’s not up to me,” Taylor told the paper. “So we’re going to wait and see what [the front office] is going to do about it.”

Taylor started 15 games last year and finished with 57 tackles and two sacks.

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Andrew Hawkins 'ready to bust out of his shell'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

New Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins, who wasn't used much in Cincinnati, "is ready to bust out of his shell," according to the team's website. "The extra attention Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron automatically command will leave large chunks of the field open for the taking," the report said.

New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan likes to call wide receiver screens, a play Hawkins can exploit. After catching just 86 passes in three seasons in Cincinnati, Hawkins will get a chance to prove "he’s more than just a pinch hitter" in Cleveland, the website said. 

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Browns sign fullback Chris Pressley
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Browns have signed fullback Chris Pressley according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Pressley previously played for the Bengals but didn't play in 2013. 

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Browns will match Jaguars' offer for Alex Mack
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Browns will match the offer sheet center Alex Mack signed with the Jaguars, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is worth $42 million over five years with $26 million guaranteed and includes an opt-out for Mack after the second year of the deal. 

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Jaguars officially sign Alex Mack to offer sheet
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Jaguars have signed transition-tagged free-agent center Alex Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet per ESPN. The Browns have five days to match it or else they'll lose Mack to the Jaguars with no compensation. The deal includes $26 million guaranteed along with an out clause after two years with no ability to franchise him, just as CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Thursday. 

There's an NFL Network report Friday that the Jaguars' offer made it tough on the Browns to match and that they're "really thinking over" their options. 

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