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While We’re Waiting… the Tribe Treats Hannahan, Maybin a Free Agent and Hurricane Warning

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Great story about Hannahan and the rest of the Tribe- “Hannahan no doubt lives a wonderful life as a major leaguer, but he’s a working man’s ballplayer. As a third-round pick 10 years before, it’s not like Hannahan and family can live off a big signing bonus. So, with only two-plus years of service time vested in the major leagues and no guarantee that he would be making big league money for much longer, Hannahan couldn’t bring himself to charter a jet. He’d just take that first morning flight out of Logan.

But then Masterson came over and asked what was happening. He had a thought, and wasn’t taking no for an answer. Walters recounted the conversation: “Book it,” Masterson told Hannahan. “I can’t. It costs too much,” Hannahan replied. “Book it!” Masterson said. Then Masterson passed a hat around the clubhouse. Teammates immediately contributed $35,000. Hannahan took the private plane, arrived in Cleveland about 3 a.m. and reconnected with his wife just 15 minutes before John Joseph Hannahan V was born.” [Big League Stew]

Wow. Is this a milk carton situation? “If you don’t remember, Davis was a sixth-round draft pick for the Browns during the 2009 draft. He suffered an early season-ending injury that year, and in 2010, he was released. At the time, Davis seemed to indicate on his Twitter account that he had asked to be released by the Browns, probably due to his lack of playing time in Cleveland. That might be the case in Washington too since he did not see a single carry in the Redskins’ first preseason game against Pittsburgh.

Davis abruptly left a meeting Sunday night at Redskins Park, according to a report by ESPN 980, because he was unhappy with his playing time. Davis took to Twitter on Tuesday morning and said, “Please do not believe everything you here (sic) people. The story will be released soon. The real truth of the story.” We don’t know Davis’ side of the story yet, but the rumors make it sound like Davis doesn’t want to continue competing in the league if he doesn’t feel he’s going to end up receiving any playing time.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

“Cleveland, according to the study, has a deficit of $71 billion that is needed to support the three professional franchises. That deficit doesn’t necessarily mean that Cleveland is at risk of losing the Indians, Cavs or Browns (again), but it shows that the teams will likely face instability with attendance and revenues.” [Downing/NewsNet5]

Of course. Because I said they should stay away… “The Buffalo Bills released the 2009 first-round pick on Monday. Maybin is one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory. He recorded just 24 tackles and zero sacks in two seasons. But that doesn’t mean the Browns shouldn’t take a flier on the 23-year-old. Cleveland desperately needs depth at outside linebacker behind starters Scott Fujita and Chris Gocong. Maybin also had the ability to rush the passer in college, which is another element the Browns could use.

Cleveland defensive coordinator Dick Jauron was the head coach in Buffalo when the Bills drafted Maybin No. 11 overall two years ago. Jauron has familiarity with Maybin. Perhaps the veteran coach can get something (anything?) out of the draft bust.” [Walker/AFC North Blog]

Finally, the article everyone is talking about. Yahoo’s piece on the University of Miami’s booster benefits to players.