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The Cleveland Browns are discussing long-term plans for a major downtown development project that could include major stadium renovations 鈥?or a new facility.
Owner Dee Haslam revealed to ESPN that the team has done some preliminary work by speaking to city officials and there has been positive feedback. She said any project could take 10 years to complete [url=http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dalton-schultz-jersey]http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dalton-schultz-jersey[/url] , and cautioned nothing has been decided.
"So I think it's really important to find out what's possible," she told ESPN. "There could be a lot of great ideas that we might not be able to do because it's not feasible for one reason or another. I don't want to get the horse in front of the cart until we're knowledgeable enough to know, because we're not informed enough to know right now. But we do know that we have a desire to make a bigger impact on the future of Cleveland."
As part of the process, the team is conducting an economic impact study with Cleveland State University. Haslam cited the development of the Gateway project, which includes Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena, as an example of how some of the city's under-used areas could be better developed.
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Haslam said the Browns will complete their lease, which runs through 2029. The team recently finished a $125 million renovation, paying $95 million of the cost.
Haslam insisted any discussion about a new stadium would be premature, and that any decision on the long-term future should be made by taxpayers.
"I have no idea at this point what's even feasible," Haslam said. "Don't you think it's a good idea for us to learn and figure that out? I really do think that would be a decision by the people of Cleveland and the planners," she said. "I think what we need to do is be part of the conversation."
Haslam recently stepped down as the CEO of RIVR Media to concentrate on the Browns fulltime.
Robert Griffin III is poised to resume his NFL career about 35 miles away from where he started it.
The former Washington Redskins quarterback has reached agreement on a 1-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who love the idea of having the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner backing up 10-year starter Joe Flacco.
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Griffin's last previous stop in an injury-riddled career came in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns. He started five games, winning only one of them.
General manager Ozzie Newsome said Griffin, 28, didn't have far to travel before showing the Ravens he can still fling the ball.
"He still lives in the D.C./Virginia area," Newsome said. "We were bringing in some receivers and we asked him if he would come in and throw and go through a full workout for us. He took a physical. He did all of that. After that [url=http://www.saintscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-natrell-jamerson-jersey]Cheap Natrell Jamerson Jersey[/url] , he went to visit another team. We just were able to come to an agreement."
The terms were finalized late Tuesday night, and Newsome expects RG3 to sign the contract next week.
"I feel like we got a steal," Harbaugh said. "I felt like (Griffin) really wanted to be here. He really wanted to be a Raven."
Griffin won the Heisman Trophy with Baylor before being selected second overall in the 2012 draft by the Redskins. He enjoyed a sensational rookie season, throwing 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions, but his career took a decisive downturn after he tore knee ligaments in a playoff loss to Seattle.
RG3 returned in 2013 but was benched after throwing 16 TD passes and 13 interceptions. The following season, a dislocated ankle limited his effectiveness.
Griffin missed the 2015 season after sustaining a concussion during the preseason. After being released by Washington, he signed with the Browns in 2016.
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