TOP STORY: General manager John Dorsey said he’ll meet with the agents of linebacker Jamie Collins and receiver Breshad Perriman over the next few days. Collins is under contract for two more years, but the Browns could cut him if he declines to restructure. Perriman is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and the team hasn’t finalized an extension despite discussions, so the clock is ticking.
GO BUCKS: Dorsey needed only two draft picks to stop the trend of the Browns not picking Ohio State players. He took cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4 last year, the first since receiver Brian Robiskie in the second round in 2009.
“Ohio State University puts out some very fine football players,” Dorsey said. “I can hark back to the days of, where are we going here? We could go back to Bill Willis, we could go back to Paul Warfield. Any time you get a chance to acquire a really good football player, I’m all about that. I thought Denzel was a really quality football player and I think we’re very lucky to have a guy like that on our team.”
OVERHEARD: Possible change to instant replay is a hot topic this week, and there’s a movement to include pass interference to the list of reviewable plays. It would be a significant change, but the Saints might’ve been robbed of a trip to the Super Bowl when a blatant PI wasn’t called, which provided traction for the discussion.
FAMILIAR FACE: Ran into Midview graduate and former NFL offensive lineman Joe Staysniak in the hallway. He’s a radio host in Indianapolis, and said Dorsey stopped by his show for a minute.
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: The smart money’s on veteran Drew Stanton to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Baker Mayfield in 2019 following the departure of Tyrod Taylor. Dorsey followed coach Freddie Kitchens’ praise of Stanton with some of his own. The Browns will add third and fourth quarterbacks for the offseason, but they appear completely comfortable with Stanton as the top backup.