AFC Notes: Browns, Veldheer, Manziel

Browns coach Mike Pettine stops short of saying that the club has to draft a starting-caliber cornerback in this year’s draft, but he admits it’s something he badly wants, writes Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal. Buster Skrine started opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden last season and did a decent job, but still struggled at times.

  • Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s quite upset about losing left tackle Jared Veldheer to the Cardinals. “Losing Veldheer was a blow to me. He didn’t want to come back. It wasn’t about finances. The kid didn’t want to play for the Raiders anymore, and I struggled with that,” the GM said.
  • The Raiders‘ traveling trio of Dennis Allen, Greg Olson, and John DeFilippo will visit Johnny Manziel‘s pro day on Thursday, tweets Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Both GM Dennis Hickey and Joe Philbin stressed that the Dolphins continue to view Mike Pouncey as a good player, teammate, and leader despite his involvement in the harassment that motivated Jonathan Martin to leave the team in October, writes Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel. Meanwhile, no one has offered assurances that Pouncey will be with Miami beyond 2014.
  • The Dolphins are eager to turn the page on a traumatic 2013 season, writes Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel.
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