The Facts: The Browns have engaged in contract-extension talks with the agents of Crowell, and they would be wise to secure the underrated running back sooner than later.
Diehards Line: So wrote Beacon Journal staffer Nate Ulrich, who went on to note that Crowell is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 14, and he recently hired high-profile agents Drew and Jason Rosenhaus in hopes of landing a lucrative contract. The Rosenhaus brothers were at team headquarters for the first day of training camp. “I don’t know what it is right now or what the deal is right now," Crowell said, "But, yeah, I feel like he’s in heavy communication with them. ...” Crowell is one the team’s better players, and he won’t turn 25 until Jan. 8. Last season, he rushed 198 times for a career-high 952 yards (4.8 average) and seven touchdowns to go along with 40 catches for 319 yards. He’s poised for a true breakout season this year because coach Hue Jackson has admitted to beating himself up for failing to give Crowell the ball more during the team’s 1-15 debacle. Crowell believes 1,300-1,400 rushing yards is a realistic goal for 2017. He's a player fantasy owners shouldn't overlook.