Cleveland Browns cornerback Greedy Williams participates in a pass rushing drill during training camp on Friday, July 29, 2022 in Berea.

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Browns place CB Greedy Williams (hamstring) on IR

The Cleveland Browns placed cornerback Greedy Williams on injured reserve Friday with a hamstring injury.

The 2019 second-round pick will miss at least the first four games, starting with Sunday’s opener at the Carolina Panthers.

Williams, 24, started eight of his 16 games last season and tallied two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and 41 tackles.

The Browns signed cornerback Herb Miller to the active roster from the practice squad in a corresponding transaction.

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Cleveland Browns linebacker Chris Odom (61) is carted off the field during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Browns lose DE Chris Odom, USFL star, to torn ACL

Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Odom sustained a season-ending ACL injury in Saturday’s preseason finale against the Chicago Bears, coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed Sunday.

The Browns signed Odom on Aug. 5 following an outstanding season with the USFL’s Houston Gamblers.

He was the 2022 USFL Defensive Player of the Year with 12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and four blocked kicks.

Odom, 27, previously played in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (2017) and Washington (2019). He registered 16 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 11 games.

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Former OU quarterback Baker Mayfield speaks to the crowd at Owen Field on April 23 in Norman.

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Browns QB Baker Mayfield: Both sides ‘ready to move on’

Baker Mayfield says that he and the Cleveland Browns are both “ready to move on.”

The 27-year-old quarterback spoke with reporters Tuesday at his youth football camp in Norman, Okla.

Mayfield didn’t completely rule out a reconciliation if the NFL suspends his replacement, Deshaun Watson.

“I think for that to happen there would have to be some reaching out,” Mayfield said. “But we’re ready to move on, I think — on both sides.”

Watson, 26, is scheduled to have a hearing with disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Tuesday.

The hearing will center on the 26 women who accused Watson of unwanted advances and inappropriate sexual conduct during massage appointments during his time with the Houston Texas.

The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans in a trade in March and gave him $230 million in guaranteed money on a five-year deal.

Mayfield has been excused from the Browns’ offseason activities while the team attempts to find a trade partner.

He is due a fully guaranteed salary of $18.86 million in 2022, the final season of his rookie contract.

Mayfield is 29-30 as a starter since the Browns made him the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 14,125 yards, 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions.

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Jun 14, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson talks to the media after minicamp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson: ‘I just want to clear my name’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson denied engaging in sexual misconduct with any of the 24 massage therapists who have filed lawsuits against him.

“I’ve never forced anyone. I’ve never assaulted anyone,” Watson said Tuesday, speaking to reporters for the first time since his introductory press conference with Cleveland on March 25. “I’ve been saying it from the beginning and I’m going to continue to say it.”

Watson, 26, answered questions for about 10 minutes on the opening day of Cleveland’s mandatory minicamp.

“I just want to clear my name,” he said when asked whether he is open to settling the cases pending against him.

Watson was also asked how he has handled the media attention, including a segment on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and a New York Times article that said Watson met with at least 66 female massage therapists in a period of 17 months.

“Honestly, it’s been tough, making sure I stay balanced with my mental life,” Watson said.

The women suing him allege that the former Houston Texans quarterback committed sexual improprieties during the course of massages. Two grand juries in Texas declined to bring criminal charges against him earlier this year.

While he continues to maintain he did nothing wrong and has no regrets, he said he is sorry for the impact the situation has had on his loved ones and the team.

“I do understand that I do have regrets as far as the impact that (it’s had) on the community and people outside of just myself,” Watson said. “And that includes my family. That includes this organization. That includes my teammates in this locker room that have to answer to these questions. That includes the fan base of the Cleveland Browns. That includes males, females, everyone across the, the world. That’s one thing I do regret is the impact that it’s triggered on so many people. It’s tough to have to deal with.”

The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans in a trade in March and gave him $230 million in guaranteed money on a five-year deal.

The NFL continues to investigate and recently wrapped up its interviews with Watson. Despite no criminal charges being filed, the NFL could suspend him for violating the league’s personal conduct standards.

None of the lawsuits against Watson are expected to go to trial until after March 1, 2023. Recent reports said two more women are planning to file suits.

Watson did not play during the 2021 NFL season. In 2020, the three-time Pro Bowl selection led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards and set a career high with 33 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions.

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Nov 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) intercepts the ball from Detroit Lions wide receiver Josh Reynolds (8) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Browns sign CB Denzel Ward to $100.5M extension

The Cleveland Browns are making Denzel Ward the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.

Ward agreed Monday to a five-year, $100.5 million extension with $71.25 million guaranteed, per multiple reports.

Agent Tory Dandy of CAA Sports confirmed the deal with ESPN.

Ward, who turns 25 on April 28, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and earned his second Pro Bowl selection in 2021.

He registered three interceptions in 15 starts last season, including a 99-yard pick-six at Cincinnati in Week 9.

Ward has 10 interceptions, 50 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and 186 tackles in 52 games (51 starts).

The average annual value (AAV) of the extension is $20.1 million, edging Jalen Ramsey of the Rams ($20 million), Marshon Lattimore of the Saints ($19.52 million) and Marlon Humphrey of the Ravens ($19.5 million) for the highest among NFL cornerbacks, according to Spotrac.

Ward was due to earn a base salary of $13.3 million in 2022 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

–Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) walks off the field following an interception during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

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Baker Mayfield hints at goodbye in letter to Cleveland

Baker Mayfield ended his social-media silence Tuesday night to write an open letter to Cleveland Browns fans with language that sounded much like a goodbye note.

The letter came on the same day that Browns executives flew to Houston to meet with quarterback Deshaun Watson in hopes of luring him to Cleveland.

Mayfield, 26, has spent four seasons with the Browns since being selected No. 1 overall in 2018 out of Oklahoma. He prefaced his note by saying, “With many uncertainties, here is where my head and heart is.”

He attached the following letter:

“Cleveland,

“The past 4 years have been nothing short of truly life changing since I heard my name called in the draft to go to Cleveland. This is not a message with hidden meaning. This is strictly to thank the city of Cleveland for embracing my family and me. We have made many memories and shared growing in this process through all the ups and downs. I have no clue what happens next, which is the meaning behind the silence I have had during the duration of this process. I can only control what I can, which is trusting in God’s plan throughout this process.

“I have given this franchise everything I have. That is something I’ve always done at every stage, and at every level. And that will not change wherever I take my next snap. Whatever happens… I just want to say thank you to the fans who truly embraced who I am and the mentality that aligned so well with this city’s hard working people. Cleveland will always be a part of Emily and my story. And we will always be thankful for the impact it has had and will have in our lives.

“Sincerely,

“Baker Reagan Mayfield.”

If Mayfield is traded, he reportedly would prefer to go to the Indianapolis Colts. He has posted a 29-30 record in four seasons with the Browns, during which he has passed for 14,125 yards, 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions. He also has rushed for 571 yards and five touchdowns.

Watson is not guaranteed to land with the Browns. Other teams such as the New Orleans Saints are considered to have a strong chance to acquire him.

However, according to Cleveland.com, the Browns could look to trade Mayfield either way “because of the awkward nature of returning to a team that tried to replace him.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 11, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) is introduced before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns restructure contract of RT Jack Conklin

Two-time All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin and the Cleveland Browns have agreed to restructure his contract for the 2022 season, multiple outlets reported Saturday.

Conklin was slated to make $12 in base salary in 2022, but the money was non-guaranteed. Instead, Conklin will receive $8 million fully guaranteed with $4 million in incentives based on playing time.

The incentives could come into play as Conklin is recovering from a ruptured right patella tendon sustained in a Nov. 28 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He hopes to be ready for the start of the 2022 season.

The restructuring saves the Browns $4 million in salary-cap space, but it also assures that they won’t cut Conklin after June 1 and owe him nothing.

Conklin played in just seven of 17 games last season due to three injuries. He missed two games with a knee injury and three more due to a dislocated elbow prior to the patella tendon injury.

The 27-year-old has started all 79 games he’s played during six NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2016-19) and Browns (2020-21). He agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with Cleveland on March 16, 2020.

–Field Level Media