Although the Cleveland Browns have more than a decade before the lease at their current stadium runs out, the team is already trying to figure out what might come next. During an interview with ESPN.com this week, Browns co-owner Dee Haslam revealed that the team is in the very early stages of planning a major downtown development project that could include a new stadium. Haslam also said that the team might consider renovating FirstEnergy Stadium, which opened in 1999.
The main thing is to start the conversation, at some point, Haslam said. I don’t know that we’re ready to start the conversation, but we are ready to get all the information we can about what’s possible.
The Browns’ lease at FirstEnergy Stadium expires in 2029. If the Browns do build a new stadium, it likely wouldn’t be up and running until 2030. To put that in perspective, even if Baker Mayfield turns out to be an All-Pro quarterback, he’d be well into the back half of his career, as he’d be going into his 13th season when the stadium opens.
But the root of the connection actually goes back further.
He was the one tight ends coach at my Pro Day, Carter told NJ Advance Media. We’ve known each other for a while. I just want to come in here and prove myself. Knowing that he is the head coach now, hopefully if I do what I’ve got to do, he’ll bang the table for me.
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The Vikings released Carter before their NFC Divisional Playoff Game in order to get no-longer-injured backup quarterback Sam Bradford on the active roster. Carter played 28 offensive snaps and 18 special teams snaps in the final three games of the regular season.
It was a crazy time, Carter said. I had just gotten on the active roster a couple weeks before so I was on my high horse thinking everything is good: We are NFC North champs and going to the playoffs. Things happen. That’s how it is in the NFL. I ended up losing that opportunity there. I was down in the dumps for a little bit.
Then he went food shopping.