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Browns sign Bitonio to long extension 

BY JEREMY SOMERVILLE
  BROWNS BEAT WRITER
While the Browns spent the first day of the new league year signing other teams free agents, they also made sure that one of their own players, Joel Bitonio won’t reach free agency in 2018.

The team reached an agreement on a five-year, $51.2 million deal that will guarantee the 2014 second-round pick $23.7 million and keep him in orange and brown until 2022.  Click here for the whole story
2016 Indians preseason prospect rankings

BY JUSTIN LADA
SENIOR WRITER
Author's notes: I decided not to do a pre-season prospect ranking list last year because I didn't see enough of the system in 2015 and didn't feel I had enough information and observations to write something worth reading. I didn't get a chance to do a mid-season ranking and I at least saw enough games this year to do a list for 2017.

A couple of caveats about this list/ranking; I won't rank a player I either haven't seen or haven't had enough reports on, which is why you won't see players like Brady Aiken, Will Benson and Nolan Jones among others on my initial list. Below the list I'll offer a few thoughts on notable players I don't have ranked here. I just feel more comfortable rankings players I've seen and have good information on. If I have neither, then my ranking doesn't provide something that's worth reading. Additionally, any player that has appeared in a big league game also won't be on my list (i.e. Erik Gonzalez, Adam Plutko, Shawn Armstrong) Click here for the whole story
Browns bring in Veteran WR Kenny Britt 

BY JEREMY SOMERVILLE
 BROWNS BEAT WRITER
While Per various reports the Cleveland Browns and former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt have agreed to terms on a free agent contract.

The deal is said to be a four-year pact worth $32.5 million.  Click here for the whole story
Browns add Zeitler and Tretter on first day of free agency 

BY JEREMY SOMERVILLE
 BROWNS BEAT WRITER
While After losing two offensive linemen last season in free agency to begin 2016, the Cleveland Browns have set out to restock their offensive line in 2017.

On the first day of free agency, the team locked up left guard Joel Bitonio to massive $51.2 million extension and then made former Bengals right guard Kevin Zeitler the highest paid guard in NFL history when they signed him to a five-year $60 million deal with $31.5 million of that guaranteed.  Click here for the whole story
Cleveland Browns 2017 Mock Draft 1.0 

BY JEREMY SOMERVILLE
 BROWNS BEAT WRITER
CLEVELAND BROWNS FULL SIX-ROUND MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0

We are 44 days from the 2017 NFL Draft and with the Cleveland Browns holding the first pick, just about anything is possible. Over the next six and a half weeks I will be posting a mock draft each week. On alternating weeks, I will post an NFL mock draft and on the other weeks I will post a Browns only mock.

*Note: Fanspeak’s mock draft simulator was used for this along with Matt Miller’s Big Board  Click here for the whole story
Brady Aiken Shakes Off Rough Captains Home Opener Start
BY JUSTIN LADA
SENIOR WRITER
Hope springs eternal on Opening Day and the special feel of that first home game. It was no different for the Lake County Captains on Saturday for their home opener after dealing with weather issues like the rest of the midwest and east coast. The weather cooperated as the Captains unveiled their brand new scoreboard and pretty much a brand new roster to their fans in Eastlake.

20 players are making their Captains and Midwest League debut this year including 2015 first round pick Brady Aiken.   Click here for the whole story
Captains fall to the Loons in 10 innings 3-2 
       BY TIM SHIRER
CAPTAINS BEAT WRITER
Wednesday night the Lake County Captains and Great Lakes Loons played the rubber game of their three-game series. The Loons took the opener and the Captains took game two on Tuesday night. The visitors end up taking the series as the Captains fell to the Loons 3-2 in 10 innings.

The Loons got on the scoreboard first in the third inning when Captains starting pitcher Aaron Civale gave up a two out double Zach McKinstry. Civale then struck out Moises Perez, but Captains catcher Li-Jen Chu failed to hold on to the third strike and Perez was safe at first extending the inning. McKinstry moved to third on the dropped third strike, Chu was charged with a passed ball. Carlos Rincon then singled and McKinstry scored the first run of the game. The run was unearned and the Loons led 1-0.  Click here for the whole story
Cavaliers lose regular season finale 98-83
​ BY STONE LEXINGTON
CAVALIERS BEAT WRITER
As has been the case the last three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers seemed to have the most drama surrounding them this season. Whether it be public comments from players, continuous roster changes or losing more games than expected, the defending champions surely don’t lack interest.

The Cavs finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 98-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night, cementing their record at 51-31. Few expected the Cavs to lose 30-plus games this season, let alone finish with the second-best record in their own conference. Yet in still, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue doesn’t seem worried about how his team will play when the playoffs arrive this weekend.  Click here for the whole story