INDIANAPOLIS – Browns chief executive John Dorsey spoke to the media on Thursday at the NFL Combine.
Here are some highlights:
* Dorsey said he would meet Friday Bus Cook, linebacker agent Jamie Collins, about the long-range plan. Collins is expected to earn $ 10.5 million in base salary this season, and the Browns will probably not want to pay him that much. The Browns can either restructure or cut, without much damage this year. Dorsey acknowledged there were "some inconsistencies" in Collins' play last year, and he was criticized for apparently removing some games. He said Collins was "a good football player", but it should be seen how he would be in the new scheme of defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
Collins will turn 30 in October and his production has not matched his salary. Profootballfocus.com ranked as the 58th best linebacker in 2018. It was a commercial acquisition of Sashi Brown, who had hired him for a four-year extension of 50 million in January 2017, of which 26 million guaranteed, and Dorsey is not shy. on the cut or the trade of the actors of this regime. If Collins wants to be here, he will probably be invited to take a big pay cut.
If the Browns opt for his release, they will have paid him $ 27 million over two years. Unfortunately for the Browns, Collins missed most of 2017 because of a concussion and a tear in the LCM.
* To try to trade against Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham, he showed his phone and joked by telling Kevin Colbert, General Manager of the Steelers, and Dave Gettleman, General Manager of the Giants, to call him. The point: it is open for business.
* Regarding the possibility of trading on the semi-offensive Duke Johnson now that Kareem Hunt is on board, Dorsey said "I love the depth" and "we can never have too many good football players." But he did not exclude it. Johnson could become usable once Hunt is released from suspension to be determined.
* Dorsey said he did not know when the NFL would suspend Hunt for his incident outside his downtown apartment, where he had filmed a woman.
* Dorsey said he would also meet with Drew Rosenhaus, receiver's agent Breshad Perriman, about an extension. Dorsey loves speed, and Perriman has it, with a big size. He must become a free agent in March.
* He said he would make open offers to free agents waiting, Rashard Higgins and Briean Boddy-Calhoun, but that he would not reveal which turn. He knows, but will share it at the appropriate time.
* He challenged David Njoku to reinforce his game: "I know one thing I would like to see. Improve the blocking of your race. David has all the elements to be a very good catchy TE that can run after capture. So, I challenge him here today, you know what, improve your blocking course. "