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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield reacts during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. The Browns quarterback said being away from football has given him time to reflect on his career and made him more determined to rebound from a tough second season in the NFL. Mayfield spoke Wednesday, May 27, 2020, on a Zoom call for the first time since the end of last season. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Quieter Mayfield knows Year 3 vital for him after rough '19

May. 27, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

Baker Mayfield went back to his roots during this strange offseason, a time he's used to reflect and forget a season that didn't go well for the Browns' brash quarterback. He's also worked on his golf game. “I've always been a high-effort guy," he said. "I am swinging hard still, but it is still not going...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is tackled by Houston Texans safety Justin Reid during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo. Kelce has two years remaining on a five-year, $46.8 million extension that he signed in 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Tight end contracts could be next to see significant rise

May. 5, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

Several tight ends in the NFL are centerpieces of the offense. Now, it's time they get paid like it. Guys such as George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and Rob Gronkowski — before he sat out a year — are more productive than many wide receivers but make far less money. The franchise tag for tight...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo Myles Garrett leaves an office building in New York. The Cleveland Browns will exercise the fifth-year contract options on star defensive end Myles Garrett and tight end David Njoku, a person familiar with the decisions told the Associated Press on Monday, April 27, 2020. The decision on Garett was no surprise and will be official later in the day, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly revealed its plans. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)

Browns exercise contract option on star DE Garrett, TE Njoku

Apr. 27, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns didn't have a major decision to make on Myles Garrett's near future. Now they can begin working on keeping the star defensive end much longer. Cleveland exercised the fifth-year contract options Monday on Garrett and tight end David Njoku, whose time with the Browns appeared...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley speaks to reporters during a press availability ahead of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots in Atlanta. Todd Gurley will be making a homecoming to the state of Georgia when  the former Georgia Bulldogs standout begins the second phase of his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons. Gurley, who was cut by the Rams, is expected to talk on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, about the one-year deal with the Falcons that was announced by the team on Monday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Falcons expected to look for help at cornerback in NFL draft

Apr. 15, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

16. ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9) LAST SEASON: Atlanta won its last four games, saving jobs of coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Still, another sub-.500 finish was disappointing and added pressure to make playoffs in 2020. Running back Devonta Freeman and cornerback Desmond Trufant were cut to improve...

Browns eyeing left tackle with No. 10 pick in NFL Draft

Apr. 15, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

10. CLEVELAND (6-10) LAST SEASON: Picked to compete for playoff spot, Browns were one of league’s biggest disappointments, undermined by continued drama, injuries and sabotaged by unrealistic expectations. Quarterback Baker Mayfield regressed in his second season, coach Freddie Kitchens was fired after...