Browns closing in on extension with Duke Johnson

The Browns may have bolstered their backfield with the additions of veteran Carlos Hyde and rookie Nick Chubb, but that doesn’t mean Duke Johnson is being phased out of the offense.

Cleveland is closing in on a contract extension with Johnson, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources close to the situation. The deal is expected to be finalized on Thursday.

Instead, the real focus should be on general manager Brian Cashman and to what lengths the front office goes to take the Yankees from juggernaut to World Series favorite in the loaded American League.

While names like Chris Archer, Cole Hamels and Michael Fulmer are all interesting, one possible trade target tops them all: San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

Yanks after RP?

Watch the video above for my thoughts on why the Yankees must go all-in to make the Giants an offer they can’t refuse for the postseason legend.

New England Patriots ‘ receiver Julian Edelman ‘s comeback from a torn ACL suffered last year in the preseason has hit a snag. Citing league sources, ESPN reported that Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Smith was excellent last year, throwing for 4,000 yards, 26 touchdowns and just five interceptions with a passer rating just south of 105. Most impressively, his yards-per-attempt mark landed at a career-high 8.0, a figure that throws cold water on the idea that Smith is the league’s supreme dink-and-dunker. Washington’s weapons come close to replicating the favorable setup Smith enjoyed in Kansas City. Don’t be surprised when he gets similar results.

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