Browns clinch No. 1 pick in 2017 National Football League draft

The Browns have more than two months before free agency opens and another month-plus before they're on the clock with the first overall pick and the 12th pick in the 2017 draft.

They defeated San Diego on Christmas Eve.

Hours after the Browns blew a 14-0 lead to a collection of Steelers backups and lost 27-24 in overtime, RG3 sent some tweets commending his team for not quitting despite their 0-14 start.

The defeat, however, did not deter team owner Jimmy Haslam from saying the program will work if given more time. Home games will be against the Jaguars, Titans, Packers, Vikings, Jets, Ravens, Steelers and Bengals. "If we do, it will be Sashi and Paul and AB's call, but we feel good about the people we've got in place". I think this time a year ago we said this is going to be multiyear rebuilding. Particularly during the second half, Jones was running the Haley offense in a crisp, methodical fashion that we haven't seen before, especially considering the absence of the team's top-2 offensive weapons.

"It was hard, the way we won", said Jones, who threw for 277 yards to go with his three touchdowns and one interception.

"There are really three keys going forward. You don't just get to the National Football League on any type of fluke type thing so we will prepare for whoever is out there ready to play and try to execute our plan". "That is my charge to them - can we do it again and walk out of here the right way and have the right feeling walking into the offseason?" Instead, he said: "We do not (plan to hire one). I know we're locked in at 3, but you never want to kill the momentum of a winning streak", said Heyward-Bey of his effort on the strip. Listen online at ClevelandBrowns.com and the Browns Mobile app. Out-of-market fans can subscribe to game broadcasts via TuneIn. He did not kill it. A win would still be nice for the team's morale, but it wouldn't serve as some sort of justice against a Steelers team wanting to get this game over with so the playoffs can start.

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Haslam is in a pickle.

Play of the day: Maybe it's that extra "e" his parents put in his first name or maybe it's just the uniform he wears, but Boddy-Calhoun was the main attraction in the Browniest play the Browns ever Browned during the third quarter.

But now the suspense is over.

Jackson downplayed the playoff-bound Steelers' decision to sit stars in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Long, long ago, nearly too many administrations to count, the Browns picked first in 1999 and 2000. First and foremost, Coach Tomlin's insistence on a higher level of performance enabled the team to emerge from its final game with considerably more momentum and confidence than otherwise would have been the case. Both had short, forgettable careers.

But first, they had to make it through the game against the Browns (1-15) without suffering any other major injuries. That's their record since 1999.

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