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The incredible news out of the National Football League today involves the Cleveland Browns. Just weeks after firing head coach Rob Chudzinski just one year into his tenure, owner Jimmy Haslam has now also sent general manager Mike Lombardi and chief executive Joe Banner packing, and has promoted assistant general manager Ray Farmer to the main job.
This is a pretty decent move for Cleveland, but it means yet more upheaval and the decision comes at a bizarre time, with new head coach Mike Pettine only appointed in late January. The Browns haven't had a playoff win since returning to the league in 1999, and fans are likely puzzled by another peculiar move for the franchise.
Elsewhere in the AFC North, a situation is developing on the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line. Regular left tackle Andrew Whitworth kicked inside to guard towards the end of the season, with Anthony Collins coming in at left tackle. Both performed admirably, but the experienced Whitworth says that he would prefer to play left tackle, despite looking better inside. Additionally, Collins is a free agent and whilst it's reported that the Bengals would like to keep hold of him, they are also willing to let him test the free agency market before making him an offer. The likely outcome would be that if Collins moves elsewhere, Whitworth can return to LT.
In other news, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has hired Jay-Z's company Roc Nation as his new agent. When Suh split from Roosevelt Barnes, many expected him to make the leap to Roc Nation, and so it proved today when the news was confirmed. With the Lions right up against the salary cap, Suh could be asked to restructure his contract, with his 2014 cap hit currently standing at a whopping $22.4m.
Finally, more and more people are having their say on the news that Missouri pass rusher Michael Sam will be the first openly gay NFL player. Former Vikings punter and gay rights activist Chris Kluwe believes that the best fits for him on and off the field are either the New England Patriots or Green Bay Packers. The Patriots would certainly seem like a sensible destination given Bill Belichick's approach to the media, where he keeps his cards close to his chest. Ultimately, that decision will come down to the teams who will draft in May.
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