Brown intercedes to help Browns in Winslow talks
Saturday, August 07, 2004
Mary Kay Cabot
Plain Dealer Reporter
Rochester, N.Y.- Hall of Fame running back Jim
Brown has stepped in to try to help get Kellen
Winslow Jr. into camp.
"I've been talking to the parties a little bit to
try to facilitate things," said Brown by phone
from his home in Los Angeles. "My interest is in
doing anything I can to help. You have a great
owner and a great player. You want Kellen to get
in there and become a great contributor to the
Brown said he has talked to his friend and fellow
Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow about how to get his
son into camp.
"He had some great things to say," said Brown.
"He has a great mind and he has been through many
of these things as a player, so he knows what
he's talking about. All everyone is trying to do
is get the best deal possible."
Neither Brown nor Winslow will attend the Hall of
Fame ceremonies in Canton this weekend.
Brown, who has been invited to address the Browns
on Aug. 19, said former Browns guard John Wooten
also spoke with Winslow about trying to get the
deal done. After today, Winslow Jr. will have
missed eight days and 14 practices of camp.
"A lot of times, a positive third party can be
healthy in these types of things," said Brown.
"There's nothing in it for me and nothing in it
for John other than to help the Browns become a
Brown, who was instrumental in reuniting receiver
Dennis Northcutt with the Browns after Northcutt
said he would never play for the team again, said
he has reached out to help the Browns because of
owner Randy Lerner.
"This young man has reached out to the alumni in
such a positive way, we will do anything we can
to help him," said Brown. "The atmosphere is 110
percent different than it was when the Browns
first came back. In fact, I've never felt better
about being a Cleveland Brown and it's all
because of Randy."
Brown said he was thrilled the Browns hired his
former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Paul
Warfield. "It shows that Randy is doing more than
just giving lip service to reaching out to the
alumni," he said. "I think it's great. Paul has a
great, great analytical mind."
As of Friday night, there was no progress in the
Milloy on Winslow Jr.:
Buffalo Bills four-time Pro Bowl safety Lawyer
Milloy, who is represented by Kevin and Carl
Poston, said his advice to Winslow Jr. would be
to trust his agents during these tough
"You saw what happened to me last year when an
organization [the New England Patriots] let me go
after years of being loyal to them," he said. "As
a player, you have only so many opportunities to
have leverage and right after the draft is one of
them. He needs to max out."
Last season, Milloy was cut by the Patriots just
before the start of the season after refusing to
take a $1.4 million paycut. He was signed the
next day by the Bills to a four-year, $15 million
contract that included a $5 million signing
Milloy said his advice to Winslow would be to
work hard while he's out. "When he gets back, I
don't want him to let his team down," he said.
He also said quarterback Jeff Garcia was "just
being a politician" when he called for Winslow
Jr. to get into camp, "but Jeff has his money."
Offensive left tackle Ross Verba suffered a
pulled groin muscle in the morning practice and
sat out team drills in the afternoon. "I'll try
to play [today in the scrimmage], but I'm not
sure yet," he said.
Lehan in boot:
Cornerback Michael Lehan suffered a mild mid-foot
sprain and was in a walking boot in the
afternoon. Coach Butch Davis said Lehan might be
back today. . . . Others who were idle for all or
part of the day: Defensive end Jamal Reynolds
(sore back), linebacker Mason Unck (hamstring),
receiver Frisman Jackson (knee) and defensive end
Courtney Brown (knee).
Paul Zukauskas will see some action with the
first team at left guard today. If he excels, he
could move ahead of Chad Beasley. "Paul has been
having a great camp," said Verba. "I told him,
'You've got to make a run for it.' It's time.
It's his fourth year."