CLEVELAND – The Browns agreed to terms with quarterback Johnny Manziel on his rookie contract.
Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
The former Heisman Trophy winner will enter training camp next month as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who is coming off knee surgery.
Also, the Browns released receiver Earl Bennett about a month after he signed a free agent contract.
Noll remembered by players, Goodell
Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll was remembered at a funeral Mass by dozens of former players and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Steelers president Art Rooney II and Hall of Fame defensive lineman Joe Greene were among Noll’s pallbearers.
Greene credits Noll as the biggest reason the Steelers were transformed from one of the league’s biggest losers into the City of Champions during the 1970s.
Orton no-show, may be retiring
Dallas backup quarterback Kyle Orton was a no-show for the first mandatory offseason practice. Orton missed all the voluntary workouts amid reports that he is contemplating retirement.
Around the league
Other no-shows at mandatory minicamps were San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone; Houston receiver Andre Johnson; and New York Jets running back Mike Goodson.
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his professional approach to helping the journalists do their job. Miami received final approval on a stadium renovation plan, boosting South Florida’s chances of hosting future Super Bowls. Washington defensive end Jason Hatcher had a knee injury that will keep him out of minicamp.
Aaron Hernandez’s attorneys want to issue a subpoena to the Patriots for medical, psychological and other records on their former player. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.