Donte Whitner Says Ted Ginn Jr. Wants to be a Cleveland Brown

By DJ Byrnes on March 12, 2014 at 5:29p
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Donte Whitner held his first press conference as a Cleveland Brown today, and among saying all the right things, Whitner mentioned he had texted Browns leadership about signing Ted Ginn Jr.

Ginn, the former Ohio State speedster, is currently an NFL free agent and visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.

After receiving yards leader Josh Gordon, the Browns receiving corps is rather pedestrian. Travis Benjamin is returning from injury, Greg Little is a wide receiver who struggles catching five-yard slant passes, and the Browns just cut Davone Bess, whom they traded for during the last off-season. 

According to OverTheCap.com, the Browns currently have over $40,000,000 in cap space.

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BassDropper's picture

While they're at it they can go ahead and draft Ryan Shazier and Carlos Hyde.

 

DIRECTIONER

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Seattle Linga's picture

I mean while you went there don't forget Kenny G

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OSUmuFAN's picture

Pick em up!

and don't forget about Roby!

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arthur dent's picture

I wouldn't mind seeing either of those former Buckeyes in a Browns uniform for 2014.

JollyFatMan's picture

DO IT!

How firm thy friendship..

DJ Byrnes's picture

BY GAWD, KING! IS THAT TROY SMITH'S MUSIC!?!?

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

osu07asu10's picture

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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DJ Byrnes's picture

 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

osu07asu10's picture

I was debating posting this very video. J.R. and WWE(F) at its best!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Crumb's picture

They killed him they killed him!!!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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route4buckeye's picture

OH MAH GAWD KING. WHAT A CLOTHESLINE. HE BROKE HIS NECK

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Alright, I'm a die hard Bengals fan but that would be awesome.   Come home Teddy!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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andretolstoy's picture

Hmmm....this is getting interesting. Setting up the team for a JT return to football.

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UrbanPirate's picture

And after cutting their QBs I can only assume Troy Smith on his way.

Just... Go Bucks.

    

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osubuck57's picture

That would be great!! Probably an up-grade over anything they have minus of course, Gordon.

SCOTTC.

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zjhousley's picture

Pick Ginn up at a decent price and then draft Watkins with the 4th pick and Hyde with 26.  Would be a much improved offense with weapons for a QB.  Pick up a QB in free agency and draft McCarron in the 2nd or 3rd round.  Could also trade a 3rd or 4th round pick for Ryan Mallet.  Bring 3-4 QBs to camp with weapons around them and let them compete. 

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JollyFatMan's picture

That makes too much sense for it to actually happen in Cleveland. 

How firm thy friendship..

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zjhousley's picture

I agree man.  I just dont believe in building a team around a QB.  No QB will be successful w/o all the pieces to the puzzle.  Put all the pieces in place and give whatever QB the chance to be successful. 

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rufio's picture

I respectfully disagree. If you look at the successful NFL quarterbacks of this era, the easy majority of them are picked in the top 32 of their draft class.

If you look at both the relatively high success rate in the first round (still low but not incredibly low) and combine it with the extremely low success rate from the later rounds, it makes a lot of sense to draft a QB high. You are literally about 100x more likely to find a franchise QB in the first 32 picks.

Brees, Manning, Manning, Cutler, Ryan, Stafford, Rivers, rothlisberger, Newton, Luck, RG3, Rodgers were all picked in the first 32 picks.

Kaepernick, Wilson, Brady, Romo were picked outside of those picks. You might talk me in to adding Foles to this list. Considering there are 6 rounds + compensatory picks + UDFAs, that's less successful QBs from a much, much bigger pool. I'm not saying this is a firm list either, a few guys could reasonably be added or dropped, but the ratio stays about the same even if you set a different level for "franchise QB."

Looking at the recent successes of guys like Foles, Wilson, and Kaepernick, you can make the case that it is getting easier to find your guy outside the first 32. But if you're doing that you probably should also be getting a) a "College offense" and b) a QB who can run, at least a little.

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Breakawayspeed's picture

Are you the very same Rufio that posts on Dawgs By Nature?  If so .... welcome.  I always like your insights.

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rufio's picture

One and the same. Thanks!

741's picture

Cleveland fans: Too goddamn sentimental.

(With apologies to current and future Buckeyes who play for the Browns.)

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Bolt's picture

I'm never going to turn away from my Browns, but I honestly actually cringe whenever we sign a former Buckeye. I always want so much more for them and I have zero doubt in my mind that the Browns are cursed and hopeless. LeCharles Bentley is the first thing that came to my mind when Whitner signed with us. It's amazing how that's immediately where my mind goes and that's what I assume. I'm a battered man. Thank you, Cleveland.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Won't happen... makes too much sense.

LEBRON

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WezBuck28's picture

How about the browns just do away with the QB position all together and run the wild cat every play with a former qb turned rb??

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Bucksfan's picture
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Go1Bucks's picture

If the Browns would just go out and gather up all the Buckeye alum, we'ds have a kick ass team!

Go Bucks!

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OfficerRabbit's picture

I've pondered a scenario like this before. Imagine if all NFL teams could only draft players from in-state colleges only. I figured a scenario like this may hurt Cleveland and Cincinnati, as Ohio only has one major AQ college football program, and 3-4 others that occasionally produce NFL talent. In that case, we'll throw in a caveat that you can also draft players that played HS football in said state. How much fun would that be?!? It would add a Hunger Games-esque style to the NFL, where local people are always rooting for local teams, and by extension, local kids.

On the other side, I'm a Lions fan, so they may benefit from having two major AQ teams and 3-4 smaller programs that also occasionally produce NFL talent; i.e. Luke Joeckel.

It's always fun to ponder the possibilities.

 

 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

The Cowboys would be good if that ever happened...

LEBRON

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OfficerRabbit's picture

It would certainly be interesting, The Cowboys and Texans vying for all that Texas talent. The same could be said for the Dolphins and Buccaneers in Florida, as well as the Chargers, Raiders, and 49'rs in Cali. On the flip side, I would think the Falcons could do well just like the Lions; I.e. two major FBS programs to one NFL team.

 

 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

What would happen to states with no NFL teams? 

LEBRON

OfficerRabbit's picture

Why do you have to go throwing a wrench into my carefully laid plans?!?!?!

In all seriousness, it's a little surprising seeing some of the states that don't have an NFL franchise. In terms of collegiate talent, how does Alabama NOT have a franchise? Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia are all a little surprising as well.

I guess my grand plans for a state v. state style NFL are doomed for failure after all.

 

 

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Keep your plan for draft day, but after a player has been in the league for a year (no trading current year draft picks), you can trade to wherever.  Or if you go undrafted, anyone can pick you up.

Nick Saban would have a hard time recruiting if his players weren't draft eligible due to not having an in-state NFL franchise.  And I wouldn't be too upset about it.  Of course, since Alabama could beat the Browns on any given day, with those world beaters they always have, maybe they'll just join the NFL.

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Go1Bucks's picture

It would be fun to create a thread, whereby using the stated criteria, create teams for for each of the current teams.

Hmmmm

Go Bucks!

Urban Ohio's picture

If you build the team, a Quarterback will come.

Newcomerstown Trojans between Woody and Beaver.

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Hovenaut's picture

Then I'm saving my allowance up to buy a Cleveland Browns Braxton Miller jersey next year.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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Urban Ohio's picture

I'm with you Hove, but B. Miller is going to have to elevate his passing game.

Newcomerstown Trojans between Woody and Beaver.

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chili96's picture

Love Brax, but if I had to choose between Brax & Troy to lead an NFL team I would give the edge to Troy.

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Seattle Linga's picture

I just want to see consistency and this is a good start. 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm pretty sure they have been consistent when it comes to being terrible.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Seattle Linga's picture

Careful Bengal fan -------- careful

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Truth hurts. XD

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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Teddy_2Step_Ginn's picture

No Ted come to the Lions!!

buckeyehub's picture

As a Lions fan, I can say Id love to see it but it's too far fetched. I don't remember the last time they've ever had an OSU alum on their team (I may be wrong). With their addition of Golden Tate, and having Calvin already, and possibly trading up for Watkins (far fetched but still a possibility) I really can't see it happening. I would love to see him with the Browns, and if they end up drafting anyone from the Buckeye draft class, preferably two or three (again, far fetched) it would immediatly make me a Cleveland Browns fan. Growing up as an all Michigan professional teams fan, and an avid Buckeye fan, is weird to me, and I've been waiting for something cool to happen with Ohio teams to possibly make the switch. That would do it for me!

“Anyone can run the option. I can run the option.” - Urban Meyer
Let's beat the snot out of *ichigan.

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Horvath22's picture

How about Rob Sims?

buckeyehub's picture

Totally missed him haha. I take back what I said then! Still, going back to the Browns, I would root for them if that happened!

“Anyone can run the option. I can run the option.” - Urban Meyer
Let's beat the snot out of *ichigan.

TheBadOwl's picture

There's a rumor floating around that the Browns are thinking of trading literally all of their picks for a top-tier QB. It's been speculated that the QB is Tom Brady.

Again, it's a crazy rumor, but could you imagine Brady throwing to Gordon, Cameron and Ginn?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

logamaniac's picture

I hope you're just trolling. Only Cleveland would trade 12 picks and their future for maybe 3 years with Brady. 

ScarletGray43157's picture

That's just it...Only Cleveland would.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Is Belichick coming with him? If not, they're still not going to be a contender.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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Go1Bucks's picture

I am still confounded to this day, that the "Great and Powerful" Belichick, was not so much while in Cleveland.  WTF!? Its as if he used his time here as a sandbox for the future of his coaching.  I think Cleveland is due for a little bit of something on the positive side of the ledger.

Go Bucks!

Shangheyed's picture

Indeed can use help in the secondary... good move.

hit_the_couch's picture

Did Ginn finally learn to run a route?

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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The Black Stripe's picture
He's always run one route pretty well. It ends up like this:

 

"It is a rite of passage for a player to become an Ohio State Buckeye. You have to earn it."
-Urban F. Meyer

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gobucks96's picture

Troy Smith as a QB coach?

3-yrds_and_a_CLOUD's picture

The browns should really consider this fans would go nuts to see Troy and teddy play together and he has been good in canada. I would make the trip and pay good money to see that team if they were loaded with buckeye heroes and they can get Troy and Kenny g cheap and not even play them. 

“Success is the inner satisfaction and peace of mind that come from knowing I did the best I was capable of doing for the group.”
- Jim Tressel

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Fascinating to think about how a Browns roster full of former Buckeyes led by JT would fair in the NFL.   They wouldn't be hurting for fan support that's for sure.  Hitner, Ginn, JT as Head Coach, A rejuvenated Troy at QB, draft Hyde and RDS, trade for Johnny Simon or something too I dunno.  It's a very sentimental notion and based almost nowhere in reality but it sure would be special.  Imagine after all that, if they started winning games.  Think of all the butthurt.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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RBuck's picture

Might as well throw in Hawk, Laurenitus, Hartline, Ballard, etc,etc.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

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buckeyehub's picture

What about Pryor? He's still in the league, good scrambling QB. Just needs an Offensive line IMO

“Anyone can run the option. I can run the option.” - Urban Meyer
Let's beat the snot out of *ichigan.

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Buck Commander's picture

Mike Brown is a money hoggin pickle licker sign someone for gods sake

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

KLF Buckeye's picture

Maybe the Browns' strategy really should be to sign the best Ohio and former Buckeye talent they can. Nobody else seems to want to stay in Cleveland.

OSUGoBucks414's picture

I'd like to see him go to Tampa, because McCown can be deadly if he has the receivers. Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Ted Ginn Jr! They would be a threat in the air and on the ground because of Doug Martin aka Muscle Hamster.

I'm not trying to win popularity poles, I'm trying to win football games. -Woody Hayes