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ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting Cleveland and Indianapolis will aggressively purse Ravens OLB Paul Kruger in Free Agency. Via Rotoworld, Werder says the Browns will face intense competition from Indy, who envision the former Utah Utes star as Dwight Freeney’s replacement.

Kruger led the Ravens in sacks last year and will likely command a contract worth $12 million annually, according to Rotoworld.

Any news that doesn’t involve the Harbaugh’s and Ray Lewis will receive special status today. The Cleveland Browns have skipped the line to the front, thanks to new head coach Rob Chudzinski and his carefully worded response to a question posed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Chud — so good — has moved quickly, hiring Norv Turner and Ray Horton as his coordinators — those are two great hires. Turner and Chud prefer a vertical passing game that rely on one-back sets and production from the Tight Ends.

Though Chud’s statement was anything but reassuring, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Weeden get one more year in Cleveland. This year’s draft class is quite weak — starting over in hopes of getting it right at the wrong time is something the Browns have done with little success the past decade. Joe Banner & Co. would do well to give Weeden one more shot.

Earlier this morning, Mike Lombardi was officially named the new vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns. Then shortly after that, some dot connecting began.

I’m generally a big fan of that game, but only if the dots being used eventually create a spaceship or a friendly dinosaur. That way at least we can all feel as though we’ve accomplished something. Taking one player evaluation dot and connecting it to nothing is still a fun game only because it generates often baseless chatter, but the connecting line fades into oblivion.

This is the time in the NFL calendar with ye old speculation machine begins to wind up, with the seeds planted for mid April when the knob is ripped right off. That’s why Lombardi’s hiring led to this…

As Rotoworld’s Evan Silva notes, Lombardi was a pretty big Mallett pom pom waver in the spring of 2011, a far away time when along with the rest of us briefly, he believed the Patriots backup and former Razorback would be not only be a first-round pick, but also a top-20 pick. But Lombardi did more than just join the rest of us in our worship of the speculation gods and goddesses. He was convinced Mallett would be a first rounder.

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American football is a sport of many emotions, none of which were greater on Sunday than those of the Dallas Cowboys. Following the unexpected death of linebacker Jerry Brown, the Cowboys had to lace their cleats up and battle the Cincinnati Bengals to keep their playoff hopes alive.

They pulled out a 20-19 victory with a late, game-winning field goal from Dan Bailey. But before Bailey had his shot at the winner, Dez Bryant hauled in his own game-saving play: a fourth quarter 27-yard touchdown.

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Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Browns have won two straight games and they appear to be making strides as a young team. They had five plays of 20 or more yards against the Oakland Raiders in Week 13 and they forced another turnover, their ninth in two weeks. I know what you’re thinking: “they beat the Raiders,” but a win is a win is a win. During this most recent win, the Browns were able to dismantle the Raiders’ pass coverage with multiple big plays, including one that really intrigued me: a 22-yard reception by tight end Ben Watson.

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Many basic human activities are difficult in a pounding monsoon. Like, say, walking, or seeing anything. So from that we can deduce that the difficulty of football activities is also multiplied. Want to throw down field? Ha, good luck running around those small ponds while the pocket collapses and holding on to that slippery ball, and then catching said ball.

I just described the conditions for today’s Browns-Raiders game in Oakland. That is, if the game was being played at about 10 a.m. local time, which it isn’t. And if the game was kicking off during the height of an overall brutal day of weather on the left coast, which it isn’t. React to the weather reports you’re seeing right now plastered all over your Twitter timelines, but don’t overreact.

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According to Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, QB Brandon Weeden will be practicing this week and may suit up for the Browns game against the Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

Weeden suffered a concussion late in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ week 12 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers after being hammered into the left knee of teammate Joe Thomas.

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