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Notes: Gerald McCoy taking weekend to consider Browns, Ravens, Panthers as next team

Carolina is on Gerald McCoy’s mind.

So are Cleveland and Baltimore.

McCoy, the sought-after free agent defensive tackle, visited the Panthers on Friday, completing a three-team tour over eight days. He was set to take the weekend to deliberate over the choices, according to reports.

If McCoy picks the Browns — his first stop last week — he could join them for minicamp Tuesday through Thursday.

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Coach Freddie Kitchens said Thursday he remained optimistic the six-time Pro Bowler could choose the Browns in his quest to make the playoffs for the first time after spending nine seasons in Tampa Bay.

“We want Gerald to go out and look at other places because when he makes the commitment here, we want him to be all-in because everybody that’s going to be here is gonna be all-in and that’s what we need to get to where we’re going,” Kitchens said after an organized team activities practice. “So we’re fine with him taking a look at everybody else, all right? Because we’ve told him who we were and if that’s who he wants, he’ll end up here and he knows the direction we’re headed.”

The Buccaneers cut McCoy, 31, on May 20 to avoid paying his $13 million salary. They tried to trade him but couldn’t find a team willing to take the money.

McCoy, the No. 3 pick in 2010, amassed 54.5 sacks and 79 tackles for loss with the Bucs.

He would join Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi on the interior, and give the Browns four Pro Bowlers on the defensive front — Richardson and ends Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon.

COMING SOON

Odell Beckham Jr. will be in Berea next week.

If there was any doubt whether the star receiver would attend the mandatory minicamp after skipping eight of nine organized team activities practices, he sought to silence them Friday in the comments section on Instagram.

Beckham posted a picture of him sitting with the caption: “I came a long way from feeling numb…” One of the comments was “Cut out the crap and get to camp, to which Beckham replied “I’ll be there on the 3rd, u comin ?”

That strongly suggests Beckham will report Monday in advance of the three-day camp. He’s been in Berea only three days since being traded to the Browns on March 13. He attended the opening day of the voluntary offseason program April 1 — his introductory news conference — the day preceding OTAs and the opening day of OTAs on May 14.

Kitchens appeared to have grown frustrated with Beckham’s absence during OTAs.

Kitchens changes tone when asked about Beckham’s absence

“I just want to see him,” Kitchens said Thursday when asked what he wants to see out of Beckham at minicamp.

What did he miss in the last three weeks?

“A lot — the offense,” Kitchens said.

A GOOD DEED

A small gesture by Myles Garrett meant the world to a fan.

A man posted on Facebook an encounter with Garrett this week in which he didn’t have the $115.99 to pay for a phone after his stopped working and Garrett picked up the tab.

“I won’t ever forget what you did for me,” the man wrote in the post that was shared on Twitter by someone else. “Myles is a Great guy and he changed my whole entire day yesterday.

“I’m just grateful that I’m in the position to help others,” Garrett tweeted. “I didn’t think this would get recognition, but I’m glad I could make his day a little better.”

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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