Grandpa Rambles, Perrion Winfrey, and the usual rumors

Beau Bell during a brief stint with the Browns in 2009 (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Good morning Cleveland Browns fans! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

I’m officially in my 60’s, so I think it’s a good time to start posting stories that are 20 years old that no one cares about. I see these as cautionary tales meant to teach young people about the ways of the world.

Given the insight it provided, it’s a bit surprising that the result of “What the hell is Grandpa talking about?” and “Did he take his medication?” Very prevalent when I tell these stories. Especially because I’m not serious yet.

It reminds me, I have to take my medicine. I’ll come back.


Well I’m back.

Today’s story is about the Cleveland Browns GM with great promise, luck for a season, and a quarterback. The year: 2008. The Browns had just completed a promising season with Brylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow Jr. had two career years and were so dominant that they made Derek Anderson look like a franchise quarterback as he sprayed the ball around the field and wrestled him away from the defenders. It’s been an exciting season, and the local media has ridden the apparent coincidence for all it’s worth, calling it “dream season” and other adrenaline-creating terms.

Brown’s defense, well, it wasn’t that great, and the team barely missed the playoffs.

Seeking to resolve this direct matter, promising young, general manager Phil Savage handed out a top three draft pick for the Browns to grab defensive line Corey Williams and Sean Rogers to bolster the streak, as well as a first-round pick for QB Brady Quinn the year before.

The point is, Brown didn’t have a draft until the fourth round. That year, we learned here at OBR that Brown had coveted quarterback Beau Bell out of UNLV, and hoped he’d come out to them in the fourth round. He did, and the brown kidnapped him.

Bell quickly became the most famous fourth-round pick in history. cover making Orange and Brown Report Magazine, when that was a thing. Partly because the team’s desire for Bale was so obvious, it was considered that Brown had “got their man” and that he was definitely stealing at that point in the draft.

After about sixteen months, Brown gave up on Bell, who had no further role in the NFL. Shortly thereafter, he moved on to his career in the CFL and Arena leagues that lasted about ten years.

Bale’s career on the sidelines of professional football reminds us that no matter how promising he appears in a later round in college movie and on paper, it’s likely that he was a later pick for some reason and we have to temper our expectations.

This comes because today’s Newswire has an article and video about Perrion Winfrey, a late third-round pick already touted as an important part of the Browns’ defensive interior.

me? I remember how much Lamar Jackson played within the ticks and how the Ravens run the ball and am a little worried about those two crucial bouts with Baltimore. And the other fifteen games as well. And I remember Pew Bell.

(Shut up, Grandpa)


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