Browns Notes: Kaepernick, OBJ, LB

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In an interview with WKNR AM-850, Hue jackson says he wanted the Browns to sign Colin Kaepernick in 2017 (via Jeff Schudel of the News Herald). The Browns, of course, did not sign it and instead placed rookie Deshone Kizer under the center.

I wanted itSaid Jackson on Friday. ” It just didn’t work. Obviously, these things have to work from a finance, a project, whatever. And it wasn’t my decision. ”

Jackson may have wanted Kaepernick in 2017, but he did not share that opinion publicly at the time. Like most coaches, Jackson bypassed the QB questions and said he was not being considered as a serious option. Meanwhile, Jackson did not have full control over the 53-man roster. Staff decisions were ultimately made by Sashi Brown, who was general manager of the Browns until December of the same year.

Last month, Kaepernick found himself in the NFL news cycle when the league briefly listed him as “retired” on his redesigned player page. The next day, the NFL changed his status to reflect that he is, in fact, an unrestricted free agent. The odds that Kaepernick would return to the NFL seemed slim just a few weeks ago, but it may not be that far today. Kaepernick, 33 in November, trained with the intention of returning to the field.

My desire to play football is still thereSaid Kaepernick in February. ” I still train five days a week. I’m ready to go, I’m ready for a phone call, a test, a workout anytime. I’m still waiting for the owners and their partners to stop fleeing this situation. So I hope I get a call this off-season. I’m looking forward to it.

Here’s more on Cleveland:

  • Odell Beckham Jr. avoided most of the non-virtual offseason of the 2019 Browns, but he connected to the team’s activities via Zoom this year, as Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com writes. ” He is everything»,» Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said. ” He bought. He’s been there and it’s great. It’s good to have it there. It’s good for him. “Despite constant speculation about OBJ status with the team, the Browns have maintained that it will be in their plans. Meanwhile, the wide receiver seems to be quite happy with the new Browns diet.
  • The Browns have strengthened their defensive line during the off season, but the linebacker remains a question mark, writes Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. With Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert out of the picture, the Browns will have a promising but inexperienced group that includes a rookie Jacob Phillips, Sione Takitaki, and Mack Wilson. Of course, the Browns did not necessarily complete the upgrade from the top seven as they continue to monitor Jadeveon ClowneyOf the market.
  • Earlier this week, we reflected on Mychal Kendricks“Brief and bizarre tenure with the Browns.

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