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The franchise was founded in 1945 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). When the AAFC folded after the 1949 season, the Browns joined the NFL along with the San Francisco 49ers and the original Baltimore Colts. In 1995, owner Art Modell, announced plans to move the team to Baltimore, Maryland. After threats of legal action from the city of Cleveland and fans, a compromise was reached in early 1996 that allowed Modell to establish the Baltimore Ravens as a new franchise while retaining the contracts of all Browns personnel. The Browns' intellectual property, including team name, logos, training facility, and history, were kept in trust and the franchise was regarded by the NFL as suspended. A new team would be established by 1999 either by expansion or relocation. The Browns were announced as an expansion team in 1998 and resumed play in 1999.

Since resuming operations in 1999, the Browns have struggled to find success. They have had only two winning seasons and no playoff wins. The franchise has also been noted for a lack of stability with quarterbacks, having started 28 players in the position since 1999. The Brwons were the worst team in the league last year with a 1-15 record. Through the end of the 2016 season, the Browns' win-loss record since returning to the NFL in 1999 is 88–200.

Roster

Head Coach: Hue Jackson

The future is now. The Browns offense will likely be led by DeShone Kizer after head coach Hue Jackson named the rookie the starting quarterback for Cleveland's third preseason contest. Jackson couldn't make this move without committing to Kizer long term. On defense, the Browns have an aggressive scheme and exciting talent in Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey. A five-game improvement over last year's record would provide hope. At this point, that's enough in Cleveland.

OFFENCE

Another year, another starter at QB for the Browns, and even more questions waiting to be answered. This year will be the turn of rookie QB DeShone Kizer to lead the way. The second round pick was the 4th QB off the board in last year's draft, and many feel that he needs a year or two to sit and develop before starting. He won't have that luxury and will be thrown straight into the fire, with a unit that finished near the bottom in yards and points scored. He'll need all the help he can get from running back Duke Johnson Jr.

DEFENCE

Considering the Browns had the worst record in the league, it's not surprsing that they also had one of the worst defences in the NFL. They finished nearly bottom in both yards and points and allowed. The Browns have tried to overhaul their defence, and rookie first round picks Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers will need to inject some life into this unit. No.1 overall pick Garrett will be under extra pressure to produce. There are a few good pieces around him in Jamie Collins Sr., and Christian Kirksey.

MVP

Joe Thomas, LT

Regardless of the years of quarterback hell and uncertainty surrounding the Browns, there's always been one constant shinning light and his name is Joe Thomas. He's made the Pro Bowl in every single season since entering the league all the way back in 2007. Almost as impressive, Thomas hasn't missed a snap yet alone a game. A crazy run that no other player has achieved. A decade of dominance.

Thomas will definitely go straight into the Hall of Fame when he eventually retires. It's almost a shame that the greatest tackle in the modern era of the game has had his career wasted on such a poor team. But credit to Thomas, he's been a constant professional, never complaining and just getting on with his job. He's blocked for countless QBs over the years, and hopefully for the Browns, DeShone Kizer will be the last QB the legend will have to protect.

Other notable players: QB - DeShone Kizer (R). RB - Duke Johnson Jr. DE - Myles Garrett (R). DT - Danny Shelton. LB - Jamie Collins Sr. S- Jabrill Peppers (R).

Uniforms

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FirstEnergy Stadium

It opened in 1999 as Cleveland Browns Stadium and sits between Lake Erie and the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in the North Coast Harbor area of downtown Cleveland, adjacent to the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Capacity: 67,895

Cleveland

State: Ohio

Population: 388,072

Cleveland is a major city in Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. Landmarks dating to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing center include the Steamship William G. Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. It's also known for the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the I.M. Pei–designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

Records

Conference Champions

NFL American - 3

NFL Eastern - 8

Division Champions

AAFC Western - 3

NFL Century - 3

AFC Central - 6

Playoff Appearances

AAFC - 4

NFL - 24

All Time Record

(Since end of 2016 Season)

Regular Season

Wins: 509 Losses: 473 Ties: 13

Post Season

Wins: 16 Losses: 20

Total

Wins: 525 Losses: 493 Ties: 13

Hall of Famers - 16

Otto Graham, QB - Class of 1965

Paul Brown, Coach - Class of 1967

Marion Motley, FB - Class of 1968

Jim Brown, FB - Class of 1971

Lou Groza, T/PK - Class of 1974

Dante Lavelli, E - Class of 1975

Len Ford, DE - Class of 1976

Bill Willis, G - Class of 1977

Bobby Mitchell, WR/HB - Class of 1983

Paul Warfield, WR - Class of 1983

Mike McCormack, T - Class of 1984

Frank Gatski, C - Class of 1985

Leroy Kelly, RB - Class of 1994

Ozzie Newsome, TE - Class of 1999

Joe Delamielleure, G - Class of 2003

Gene Hickerson, G - Class of 2007

DIVISION

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