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Come Tuesday, Cliff Avril could be a Brown.
With so much money to spend and a seeming willingness to do so, the Browns have had free-agency rumors swirling about them for weeks now. With the event officially beginning on Tuesday afternoon, the din has only gotten louder.
March 22: ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi confirms the Browns have brought on free agent cornerback Chris Owens on a one-year deal. Owens was a 2009 third-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons.
March 22: According to Pro Football Talk, the Browns have signed free agent tight end Kellen Davis to a one-year deal.
March 19: Free agent Browns kicker Phil Dawson tweeted that he's now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, ending his 14-year run in Cleveland.
March 18: USA Today's Mike Garafalo reports that free agent Browns tight end Ben Watson has signed a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.
March 18: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that free agent Browns receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs is visiting with the Arizona Cardinals today and will take a physical, meaning that he's likely to sign with them.
March 18: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that free agent cornerback Brent Grimes had a productive meeting with the Cleveland Browns this weekend and will make his decision about his next team later in the week.
March 14: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns are indeed quite serious about signing free agent tight end Fred Davis but that the Washington Redskins are also trying to get him back.
March 13: Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns have given exclusive-rights free agent tenders to wide receiver Jordan Norwood and long snapper Christian Yount. The ERFA tender is worth $555,000.
March 13: Albert Breer of NFL Network says that free agent Cleveland Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava has signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders worth $6 million.
March 13: Alex Marvez of FOX Sports says that the Arizona Cardinals will sign free agent Browns receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs.
March 13: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns have re-signed one of their own free agents, running back Chris Ogbonnaya. He gets a two-year deal.
March 13: Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports that Browns CEO Joe Banner has confirmed the team has signed tight end Gary Barnidge. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot says it is a three year deal; financials have yet to be disclosed.
March 13: Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports says the Browns are interested in free agent tight end Fred Davis. Davis, however, has some risk associated with him, including a 2011 suspension and a 2012 Achilles' tendon tear.
March 13: Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Browns should be signing Carolina Panthers free agent tight end Gary Barnidge on Wednesday. Current Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was Barnidge's offensive coordinator in Carolina.
March 13: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns have signed linebacker Quentin Groves, who was formerly of the Arizona Cardinals where current Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton used to hold the same title. It is a two-year deal worth $2.8 million.
March 12: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has cited multiple reports that confirm the Cleveland Browns have landed free agent defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, most recently of the Oakland Raiders. ESPN's Adam Schefter said the deal is for five years and worth $34 million.
March 12: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says the Browns are in the mix to land free agent tight end Jared Cook but that the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams have the edge at the moment.
March 12: ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Browns have signed linebacker Paul Kruger to a five-year deal. The Associated Press' Lee Hudnell says it is worth $40 million. He will get $20 million guaranteed.
March 12: Free agency officially begins with Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times saying that ESPN has reported the Browns and linebacker Paul Kruger are close to a contract.
March 12: NFL.com is reporting that the Browns and Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger are getting ever closer to making a deal.
March 11: Sports Illustrated's Peter King said in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column that the Browns will be just as aggressive in free agency as has been expected and that they will likely land either Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger or Lions defensive end Cliff Avril to boost their pass rush. King believes they'll ultimately sign Avril on Tuesday evening.
March 11: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns are also targeting Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook as the replacement for departing free agent Ben Watson and that they also have interest in Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones.
March 9 (updated March 11): Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that beyond Kruger, the Browns are also targeting another Ravens free-agent linebacker, Dannell Ellerbe. She adds that Cleveland is also interested in cornerbacks Antoine Cason and Greg Toler.
Cason, from the San Diego Chargers, is well known by head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner while Toler, most recently of the Arizona Cardinals, was coached by current Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The Detroit Lions are reportedly also interested in Cason.
March 10: Lane Adkins of the Orange and Brown Report at Scout.com has a roundup of every rumor and non-starter that has circulated about the Browns since the start of the "legal tampering window" at midnight on Saturday. Among the gems:
- The Browns won't be pursuing wide receiver Mike Wallace, who is likely to head to the Miami Dolphins.
- While the Browns have been in contact with Ellerbe's agent, it looks like he'll be staying in Baltimore.
- Cornerback Sean Smith is not on Cleveland's radar.
- The Browns may look to see what recently released former Steelers linebacker James Harrison is looking for in a new contract.
- The team has spoken with the agents for Patriots jack-of-all-trades Julian Edelman as well as Raiders tight end Brandon Myers.
- At cornerback, the Browns have looked into both the Steelers' Keenan Lewis and the Eagles' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
March 9: At least five teams are in the running for the services of Browns free-agent kick returner/wide receiver Josh Cribbs, including the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
March 8: Two potential free-agent quarterbacks who may have been on the Browns' radar came off the market, with Matt Moore re-signing with the Miami Dolphins and Brian Hoyer staying on with the Arizona Cardinals.
March 1: Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland does not think the Browns will re-sign any of their impending free agents, which include Cribbs, tight ends Alex Smith and Watson and kicker Phil Dawson.