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Notes: Fans to donate money to Providence House after offering to pay Baker Mayfield’s fine from NFL

Browns fans have Baker Mayfield’s back.

When the rookie quarterback was fined $10,026 by the NFL for an indecent sideline gesture in the 26-18 win over the Bengals on Dec. 23, North Olmsted’s Johnathan Hillbery started a Gofundme.com account to raise money to pay the fine.

An update on the page noted the fans can’t pay the fine for Mayfield but the money raised would go to Mayfield’s favorite charity, Providence House. Its mission is to end child abuse and neglect.

Mayfield acknowledged the generosity Tuesday on Twitter.

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“This isn’t actually for the fine… All money raised will go to a great cause in @provhouseCLE,” he tweeted. “Help our city out!!”

“Baker Mayfield tweeted about our campaign,” Hillbery wrote on the Gofundme page. “How awesome is that! I hope we can raise a ton of money to help out Providence House! This is so surreal and awesome that we can work together to do this for our community.”

Donations will be accepted until Sunday, according to the page. As of Wednesday at 4:25 p.m., $3,797 had been raised from 263 donations ranging from $5 to $100. Most of the donations were from $5 to $50.

Mayfield and fianceé Emily Wilkinson helped raise more than $110,000 for Providence House in an auction last month.

WELCOME MAT

Receiver Jarvis Landry started his offseason recruiting pitch early.

With the Steelers’ season ending in turmoil after All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown didn’t play in the finale — All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell sat out the entire season in a contract dispute — Landry took to Twitter to extend an invitation to the stars who seem disgruntled in Pittsburgh.

“I don’t know why it’s taken this long but I think it’s time for a three-way FaceTime call!!! @AB84 @LeVeonBell” Landry tweeted.

He quickly sent a follow.

“Who else out there feeling under appreciated!!?” he tweeted. “Let’s Win A ChampionShip”

COMING BACK

The Browns signed nine players from their practice squad to the reserve/futures list. This saves them a spot on the 90-man offseason roster.

The nine are: defensive linemen Daniel Ekuale and Devaroe Lawrence, offensive linemen Kyle Friend and Brad Seaton, defensive backs Robert Jackson, Lenzy Pipkins and Tigie Sankoh, running back Devante Mays and receiver Daniel Williams.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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