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While the reaction to the “Perfect season” parade to memorialize the Cleveland Browns‘ 0-16 campaign was mixed, it reportedly had a positive impact on the community.

The parade raised more than $17,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, according to Hayden Grove of Cleveland.com, which equates to nearly 70,000 meals.

Between 2,500 and 3,200 people showed up for the event outside First Energy Stadium, Fox 8 Cleveland reports.

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Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is fuming at the suggestion that his team is less of a Super Bowl contender without Carson Wentz.

The Eagles secured the NFC’s top seed but are considered a betting underdog when they host the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.

Many believed that the Eagles’ goal of winning the Super Bowl vanished when Wentz suffered a season-ending torn ACL, but Johnson isn’t having any of it.

“What bothered me was we were 12-2 (at the time) and treated like we were the (Cleveland) Browns,” Johnson said via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “It happens, but I think although we don’t like it, it’s a good motivator to have people not write good things. I think it’s the best motivator there is and you can go and change it.”

Johnson appears to be using these perceived slights as motivation ahead of Saturday’s game against the Falcons.

“I think everybody perceives us as being the weakest and that is fine. I think that is good. I think if teams want to overlook us, that is good. We’ll just see about Saturday. … We’re excited. We know what people are saying.”

LeBron James has one key piece of advice for the Cleveland Browns: Do better.

After a “perfect” season in which the Browns went 0-16, some cynical fans of the NFL side marched through the Cleveland streets surrounding FirstEnergy Stadium – during a brutal cold front, nonetheless – “celebrating” the Browns’ winless campaign. Though the parade was truthfully a protest in disguise, Browns players ripped into the thousands who attended.

While James – an Ohio native himself – sympathizes with the team’s disappointed players, winning one game over the past two seasons doesn’t exactly give the Browns the benefit of the doubt in his mind.

“Fuck yeah, I’d be pissed,” James told The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd. “But how are you going to be pissed at the fans? It’s not like they don’t show up. I mean, damn. It’s 1-31. If our fans decided they want to have a fucking parade and we were 1-31 the last two years? You can’t be mad at that. It’s fucked up.

“I understand that as a player, but you’ve got to try to fix that shit. It could be worse. How ’bout they just boycott a season until y’all win two games in a row?”

For the record, the last time the Browns won two games in a row was November 2014, when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals in back-to-back weeks.

The CFL announced Thursday that commissioner Randy Ambrosie is ready to approve a contract between former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats:

Since last summer, the Canadian Football League has been engaged in a thorough process to determine the eligibility of Johnny Manziel. This process has been conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Manziel and independent of the team which currently holds his CFL rights, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It has included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner. As well, Mr. Manziel has been required to meet a number of conditions set by the league.

As a result of this process, the Commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel, should one be negotiated.

The process that led to this decision, however, will continue. Mr. Manziel has been informed he must continue to meet a number of conditions in order to remain eligible. These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential.

The Tiger-Cats hold Manziel’s exclusive negotiating rights, and gave the maligned former 22nd overall pick a workout last September. They’ll still need to negotiate a contract with the 25-year-old, but a roster spot is set to open up with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli looking to hit free agency.

Hamilton will have 10 days to either make Manziel a formal contract offer or trade his rights to another team. Should it fail to do either by Jan. 7, 2018, he’ll become a free agent, according to TSN’s David Naylor.

The Cleveland Browns clinched the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft with a 20-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

It’s the second consecutive year Cleveland own the top pick in the draft.

The 0-15 Browns now have just one shot to avoid only the third winless season in NFL history, but face a tough task in the form of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

It’s likely the Browns will look to use the top pick on a quarterback after missing out on Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the past two drafts. However, the projected top pivot in 2018, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, reportedly would be hesitant to enter the draft if the Browns commit to him at No. 1 overall.

New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey isn’t impressed by the roster the previous regime left him with, but he’s still aiming to go from worst to first in the AFC North next season.

“I’m the eternal optimistic,” Dorsey said Thursday on WKNR 850’s “The Really Big Show,” according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I believe we have to be competitive in the AFC North and my total objective going into the ’18 season is to win the AFC North. Anything else to me is unacceptable.”

Dorsey said his predecessors didn’t get “real players,” and quickly put his stamp on the roster, sending free-agent bust Kenny Britt packing.

However, despite his optimism, the Browns haven’t provided much evidence they’re ready to compete with the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens for AFC North supremacy.

Cleveland has lost 15 straight games within the division and has won just one game total since head coach Hue Jackson was hired in 2016.

The Cleveland Browns introduced their new general manager Friday, and John Dorsey didn’t waste any time endearing himself to the fan base.

“Let’s re-awake this sleeping giant, the Cleveland Browns. I’m kind of excited about that,” Dorsey said at his introductory press conference.

Dorsey takes over a club that is 1-28 in the past two seasons and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002. Dorsey brings with him 26 years of player personnel experience and recently spent four years as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite the Browns’ recent history, Dorsey has no qualms about his new gig.

“This is one of those iconic franchises. This has got one of the most unique fan bases in the National Football League,” Dorsey said. “We want to be competitive every year … and we’re going to do that.”

The Browns are stocked with substantial draft capital, including two first-round picks and three second-round selections in the upcoming draft.

Former executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown was fired Thursday, and owner Jimmy Haslam may have hinted at a potential reason for his dismissal.

“Let me say it this way. The Cleveland Browns are not gonna be successful until we get a quarterback,” Haslam said. “We obviously have DeShone (Kizer), we have two other quarterbacks on the roster. We’re going to look at free agency and we’re going to look at the draft.

“We’re going to do whatever it takes to find the quarterback we need to be successful.”

Haslam said identifying the right quarterback will be Dorsey’s No. 1 responsibility.