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The Cleveland Browns reinforced their status as a national punchline Tuesday, and predictably, their ownership wasn’t too happy about it.

Ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Browns reportedly reached a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire quarterback AJ McCarron. However, the Browns filed the paperwork to the NFL just past the 4 p.m. ET deadline, nullifying the transaction.

Browns co-owner Dee Haslam, who shares the team with her husband, Jimmy, reportedly blasted the team’s front office for failing to complete the trade, a source told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

The Browns are reportedly arguing that they filed their paperwork in time, insisting the Bengals failed to send a document that had been signed by both clubs. Numerous other teams told Florio that both the Browns and Bengals should’ve operated independently in filing the paperwork.

Irrespective of the reason for the trade falling through, the Haslam family is furious, and for good reason.

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The Cleveland Browns are giving a raise to injured offensive tackle Joe Thomas, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL, league sources told ESPN’s Field Yates.

The improved contract features $3 million in new money to be split over the remainder of 2017 and 2018, with a $1.5-million roster bonus paid out this past week. Thomas’ base salary for 2018 will now be $10.3 million, a raise of $1.5 million from what he was due to receive.

Thomas is expected to take home a total of $13.5 million in 2018 in base salary and bonuses. It will be the highest figure of any offensive lineman.

The raise comes with Thomas ruled out for the remainder of the current season due to a triceps injury. He had played 10,363 consecutive snaps prior to the injury, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons in the NFL.

Myles Garrett may be ushering in a new era of NFL players who think about their future when it comes to concussions.

The Cleveland Browns star defensive end said he was hesitant to report concussion symptoms after suffering a head injury in a Week 7 loss to the Tennessee Titans. However, after considering what it might mean for his future, Garrett did the right thing and brought the symptoms to his team’s attention.

“It doesn’t really bother me what other people say, whether I’m being a man or not,” Garrett said Tuesday after being cleared from concussion protocol, according to Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal. “I want to have kids one day, and I want to be able to take care of them how I see fit.

“I don’t want to be constricted by my playing and how football has affected my mind. I’ll play through anything. I’ll play through my foot, my arm, anything that’s affecting me below my neck, because I can’t play around with my brain.”

Garrett, who missed Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London, said he didn’t experience any of the symptoms – which include loss of appetite, headaches, dizziness, and nausea – during the game. Family members noticed he was acting oddly that night.

“I did (hesitate) because I really wanted to play,” he said. “I didn’t want to have something like that be a hindrance to me or my team, so once I still felt it that second day, so on Tuesday, I really felt like I should say something.

“You can deal with a thumb or an arm or a back or a leg. But messing with your mind and allowing those kind of things to carry on, that can do harm for a long time.”

It was almost foreboding for AJ McCarron that the NFL trade deadline fell on Halloween.

On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback learned he was being traded to the Cleveland Browns, and then an hour later, as his entire family dressed in their Halloween costumes, he was told the trade didn’t go through.

“With the trade and all that, you’ve got my mother bouncing around in a dolphin suit, the dogs are going crazy, (1-year-old son) Tripp’s pissed he’s wearing a tutu. I’m lost like everyone else,” McCarron said to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

It turned out the trade was not accepted because the Browns failed to send in the appropriate documents to the league office before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

As a result, McCarron remains a member of a team that he knows had tried to trade him.

“I’m not angry. I’m not upset. It feels good to be wanted,” McCarron said. “Today I’m going to thank (Bengals president Mike Brown) personally. I really appreciate that of him. He’s been an unbelievable owner in my experience here.”

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged that the failed trade makes for an odd scenario.

“It’s not a good situation,” he said at his Wednesday press conference.

“AJ is a very valuable member of this team,” Lewis said. “I told him that (Tuesday) after (the trade deadline). Frankly, I was relieved that I don’t have to go through those gymnastics of the next steps. He’s a great kid. True team player. He’s a leader – a leader on this football team. And that’s why we feel like he’s such a valuable asset.”

McCarron will be back in the Bengals’ stripes for their next game Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

When Joe Thomas hangs up his cleats, he’ll be a lock for the Hall of Fame.

But could the longtime Cleveland Browns left tackle be eligible for Canton sooner than anyone thought? Thomas hinted that his playing future could be up in the air Monday following confirmation that a triceps injury will sideline him for the rest of the season.

“Am I done playing? I don’t know,” said Thomas, according to Pat McManamon of ESPN. “I think that’s a decision that’s best talked about in the offseason.”

Thomas added he wants to wait for a less emotional time to consider his future, with a six-to-nine month recovery period looming.

The 10-time Pro Bowler has one year left on his current contract, but again, he opted to table that discussion until after the campaign.

“We’ll see how things shake out in the offseason,” said Thomas, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

Thomas’ injury will force him to miss the first game of his illustrious 11-year NFL career.

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Cincinnati Bengals corner Adam Jones got a first-hand look at the rebuilding Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and he’s concerned for their head coach.

Hue Jackson, the Bengals’ former offensive coordinator, was hired to oversee the Browns last year, and he’s since compiled a record of 1-19. The latest loss was a 31-7 defeat at the hands at the also previously winless Bengals.

And for a game between a pair of 0-3 teams, it was rather uncompetitive.

“I know you say (the Browns are) getting a lot of talent, but I don’t know,” Jones said after the game, according to Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“From watching today and watching film, I probably shouldn’t say this, but it’s going to be hard to win with that group.”

Jones then defended Jackson, who coached the Bengals’ secondary in 2012.

“He’s one of the guys that you would … if we had to go to Iraq right now and he had to pick friends to go, I would (go with him) because I know what type of leader and person he is,” Jones said.

“I’m just saying all-around football, I don’t know if Hue has enough to win.”

Jackson responded to Jones’ comments on Monday, stating that he respects his former player but “can’t get caught up in that,” according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

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The CFL announced Wednesday it won’t register any contract for former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel this season, and will only allow him to play in the league next year if he meets certain conditions spelled out by the commissioner.

“The specifics of those conditions are confidential and will not be disclosed,” a statement from the league read.

Manziel, who had an in-person meeting with commissioner Randy Ambrosie, will remain on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats‘ exclusive negotiating rights list until Nov. 30, according to the statement.

Known as Johnny Football, Manziel is intent on resuming his career after addressing numerous off-field issues. He worked out for the Tiger-Cats in August, but Hamilton said at the time it chose not to offer him a contract.

Manziel released the following statement Wednesday:

I recently had a really positive meeting with Commissioner Ambrosie and welcomed the chance for us to get to know each other and have an in-depth talk about a possible future with the CFL. I love this game and want to be back on the field in a situation where I can help a franchise in the long term. Over the past months, my agent helped me vet all of my options for playing, figuring out where I could be most effective and get back to having the most fun with the game I love. I’m ready to play today, but we all agreed with the Commissioner that it made no sense for me to join a team with only a month left in the season – it wouldn’t have been fair to my teammates, coaches or the fan base. I want to come into a team and earn my job day one, like everyone else. I look forward to preparing myself as best I can and look forward to what the future holds.

A former Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M, Manziel spent two years with the Cleveland Browns before being released. The Browns drafted him in the first round, 22nd overall, in 2014.