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  • Browns' big trade pays off, as linebacker Jamie Collins agrees to stay with huge extension

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    The Cleveland Browns must have felt like the best chance to land a big-time free agent like linebacker Jamie Collins was to get him in the building for a while, make him feel comfortable, and take advantage of their exclusive negotiating window with him.

    The Browns’ personnel moves are often mocked, but give them credit: They nailed this one.

    The Browns and Collins, who Cleveland acquired in a midseason trade with the New England Patriots, have agreed to an extension. Collins was a big winner too. His four-year extension is worth $50 million, with $26 million guaranteedaccording to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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    Collins is 27 years old and could get one more contract after this one expires. But the Browns will have him for his prime seasons. That might have been possible without the trade, but being able to exclusively negotiate with him in January certainly helped.

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  • Dez Bryant did a really cool thing for rescue pets in the Dallas area

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    Lost Paws Rescue of Texas was trying to get people to donate to their cause this weekend, asking people to buy a brown bag of food for the pets it has rescued.

    Lost Paws Rescue probably didn’t plan on one person buying all the bags. It’s a safe bet they didn’t expect the generous soul to be one of the NFL’s best receivers.

    According toa Facebook post by Lost Paws Rescue of Texas, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant came into PetSmart in Southlake outside of Dallas on Saturday and bought the entire table of brown bags for the rescue pets. The group got a photo with Bryant as well:

    That’s a lot of pet food going to a great cause.

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    Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

  • Senior Bowl preview: Don’t expect a Dak Prescott or Carson Wentz in Mobile

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Perhaps we didn’t know how lucky we were a year ago. The Senior Bowl has sporadically drawn a few top-tier NFL draft prospects at quarterback to the annual all-star display for scouts, but it’s more rare than not to see a first-round talent.

    This year’s crop is such a year. It’s highly unlikely with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson turning down the requestby the Cleveland Browns to come to the Senior Bowl, that any quarterback on display this week will be considered in Round 1.

    Last year, Carson Wentz came into town as the hot name and boosted his stock by appearing to be the most polished of the QB group. He enhanced his reputation after coming from North Dakota State and ended up the No. 2 pick in the draft.

    But quietly, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott had a solid showing, too, and ended up perhaps one of the great draft day heists in recent history as a Round 4 selection. We know what round he probably should have been drafted in — ahead of fellow 2016 Senior Bowl QBs Cody Kessler and Jacoby Brissett, both third-round picks.

    Quarterbacks

    Running backs

  • Johnny Manziel offers Donald Trump advice before deleting Twitter account

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was back on Twitter on Monday, offering advice to President Donald Trump before abruptly deleting his own account.

    “Yo, POTUS,” his first tweet to the president read.  “Even I know to stay away from the notifications section on twitter. [Expletive] will drive you crazy, lead the country and let them hate.”

    “Control what you can control and let the rest fall by the wayside,” read the next.

    Manziel then deleted his Twitter account which is why neither of the above tweets are embedded.

    Trump has long been obsessed with public opinion of him, and in recent days there was a report that the stories of the size of the crowd assembled on the National Mall for his inauguration bothered him deeply.

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    A photo posted by Johnny Manziel (@jmanziel2) on Jan 22, 2017 at 7:10pm PST

    Manziel has not played in the NFL since 2015.

  • Patriots fan who pulled alarm at Steelers' hotel told police, 'I'm drunk. I'm stupid.'

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    At least he was honest.

    The 25-year old East Boston man who pulled the fire alarm at the Pittsburgh Steelers team hotel early Sunday morning, forcing the team and other guests to evacuate, allegedly told Massachusetts State Police, “I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan” when he was apprehended.

    That’s an early entrant for quote of the year.

    Dennis Harrison appeared in East Boston Municipal Court on Monday, just hours after his favorite team, the New England Patriots, defeated the Steelers, 36-17, in the AFC championship game. Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and setting off a false fire alarm. He was released on personal recognizance.

    According to State Police, one of Harrison’s friends drove him to the hotel; Harrison entered the hotel, which is on airport property, through the main entrance and walked to the second floor, pulling the nearest alarm.

    He ran out of the hotel and toward his car, but not only was his friend gone, so were his car keys.

  • When Larry Fitzgerald hugged coach Bruce Arians in celebration, he tore Arians' rotator cuff

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    This sums up the Arizona Cardinals’ hard-luck season perfectly: At the end of their biggest win, star receiver Larry Fitzgerald injured his coach, Bruce Arians.

    Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republiccaught up with Arians recently, and Arians told him he was trying to golf through a torn rotator cuff. How did he suffer that injury? When Chandler Catanzaro hit a game-winning field goal as time ran out in a Week 16 win at the Seattle Seahawks, Fitzgerald was excited. So he did what seemed right, and he grabbed Arians a bear hug. He knocked off Arians’ headset and glasses.

    And he tore Arians’ rotator cuff in his shoulder.

    “It’s torn completely through,” Arians told Bickley. “I can still manage a golf swing as long as I keep my elbow down. But the hardest thing is getting the clubs in and out of the bag.”

    — Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) January 23, 2017

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  • No one had more fun than Martellus Bennett during Patriots' AFC championship celebration

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    New England Patriots players are frequently derided for being robotic in front of cameras and notebooks, and some of them are. But tight end Martellus Bennett, whom the Patriots acquired via trade with the Bears in March, is anything but.

    This season, he has professed his love for bacon, compared himself to Marvel hero Luke Cage, and said of the Patriots’ ugly divisional-round win against the Houston Texans that “an ugly date is better than no date,” among other colorful quotes.

    So it stood to reason that late Sunday night, as New England players, coaches and alumni gathered on the Gillette Stadium field to celebrate the team’s AFC championship win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, no one would have more fun than Bennett.

    You go to super bowl daddy. Cooooool. I know my little monster.

    But circumstances thwarted the cake plan:

  • Browns reportedly asked Deshaun Watson to play in Senior Bowl and he declined

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    It is a life-changing and historic moment to go first overall in an NFL draft, and you’d imagine any college football player would want that honor. Unless you’re a quarterback and the first pick is held by the Cleveland Browns, perhaps.

    There was an interesting note from Peter King on The MMQB.com this week.  The Browns talked to Watson last week and asked him to play in the Senior Bowl, King reported. He declined.

    That invitation comes with certain overtones. The Browns are coaching the South team in this week’s Senior Bowl. They have the first pick. They need a quarterback. Watson will be in the conversation to be the first pick. It isn’t hard to line up the dots.

    And still, Watson said no.

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  • Le'Veon Bell says he couldn't help the Steelers as he struggled with a groin injury

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago

    LaDainian Tomlinson got way too much grief for being injured and not being able to play for much of the AFC championship game in 2008. The same goes for Jay Cutler coming out of the NFC championship game in 2011 with an injury.

    Let’s not let the same thing happen to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.

    Bell was injured on Sunday in the AFC championship game. A groin problem limited him to just six carries for 20 yards. There’s no mystery or conspiracy involved. It’s outrageous to believe a player like Bell, who carried the Steelers to the NFL’s final four and had 337 rushing yards on 59 carries in their first two playoff games, suddenly didn’t want to play. He was injured. It stinks. But it happens.

    “I felt like I was holding the team back,” Bell said, according to a video posted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I had no burst.”

    It was certainly bad timing for the Steelers to lose a back like Bell early in their biggest game of the season. It changed how they had to call the game.

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