Terrelle Vernon Smith is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he played college football at Arizona State. Smith has played for the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions. Smith's brother, Safety Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, is a free agent. At Arizona State, Smith served as a blocking back for J. R. Redmond after moving to fullback from the linebacker position, he had twenty-two carries for 129 yards with one touchdown, added eleven receptions for 95 yards. Smith was drafted 96th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, he signed a four-year, $1.7 million contract with the Saints. As a rookie, he appeared including nine starts, he assumed the starting fullback role after being drafted and became one of the top blocking fullbacks in the league. He posted twenty-nine rushes for twelve receptions for 65 yards, he played all sixteen regular season games for the Saints during the 2002 season for the first time in his career, helped bolster Deuce McAllister's rushing totals in 2003 thanks to his blocking.
Smith was signed by the Cleveland Browns to a three-year $3.2 million contract as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2004 and played in all sixteen games of the 2004 season, including nine starts. He blocked for Lee Suggs' career-high 744-yard season. Smith went on to play in all sixteen games of the 2005 season and helped Reuben Droughns achieve the Browns' first thousand-yard season since the mid-1980s. On March 14, 2007, the Browns announced the release of Smith. On March 23, 2007, he signed a two-year $1.8 million deal with the Cardinals. In 2007, he started 10 of 16 games and recorded the most receiving yards since his rookie season in 2000. In 2008, he was again the starting fullback and his role increased during the Cardinals' Super Bowl run, throwing key blocks during the playoffs; when asked about his role, Smith replied, "I'm a role player and my role is to lead the way and let my back run through the hole. It's not a statistics position... but in the end, if you can't block, you can't play the position."
Smith was an unrestricted free agent after the 2008 season and signed with the Detroit Lions on April 16, 2009. He was waived on December 17. Detroit Lions Bio
2010 Baltimore Ravens season
The 2010 Baltimore Ravens season was the 15th for the team in the National Football League and city of Baltimore and the 13th to host home games at M&T Bank Stadium. They played in the NFL's American Football Conference North Division; the franchise improved from their 9–7 record from their previous season, with a 12–4 record, but lost to their division rival and eventual AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round of the 2010–11 NFL playoffs. Because the Ravens made an appearance in the 2009–10 playoffs, they will be able to sign any player with a salary of $4,925,000 or more, they may sign an unlimited number of players with a first-year salary of no more than $3,275,000, who will be restricted to an annual increase of a maximum 30 percent in the following years. However, along with the other final eight contenders from the playoffs, the Ravens will be restricted to signing new players until at least one of their free agents is signed to another franchise. All signings were except where otherwise noted.
The Ravens finished with the worst record among teams exiting the playoffs in the divisional round, meaning that they will pick 25th overall. The Ravens traded their third and fourth round picks to the Arizona Cardinals to acquire wide receiver Anquan Boldin and a fifth round pick; the Ravens traded their seventh round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with a sixth round pick in 2009 to acquire defensive lineman Marques Douglas. On the day of the draft, the Ravens traded away their first round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a second and fourth round pick; this gave the Ravens a total of seven draft picks. The Ravens' preseason schedule was announced on March 31, 2010; the Ravens began their season at New Meadowlands Stadium for an AFC duel with the New York Jets. Baltimore trailed early in the first quarter after quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked and fumbled on his first offensive play of the game. However, the Ravens' defense was able to hold the Jets to a 23-yard field goal from kicker Nick Folk.
Folk kicked another field goal, from 28 yards, in the second quarter after a fumble by running back Willis McGahee. After that, the Ravens took the lead when McGahee completed a 1-yard touchdown run. At the end of the first half, the Ravens led 7–6; the Ravens extended their lead in the third quarter when kicker Billy Cundiff got a 25-yard field goal. The Jets cut the lead in the fourth quarter when Folk kicked a field goal from 48 yards, making the score 10–9; the Ravens' defense allowed them to take the win. With the close win, Baltimore began the season at 1–0. Hoping to maintain their winning streak the Ravens flew to Paul Brown Stadium for an AFC North rivalry match against the Bengals. In the 2nd quarter Baltimore trailed early as kicker Mike Nugent hit a 30-yard field goal. In the third quarter the Ravens replied and took the lead with QB Joe Flacco completing a 31-yard TD pass to WR Derrick Mason; the Bengals replied. The Ravens took the lead back in the fourth quarter when kicker Billy Cundiff got a 38-yard field goal, but it was cut off by Nugent's 38 and 25-yard field goal, giving Baltimore a loss.
With the loss, Baltimore fell to 1–1. The Ravens' next match was an AFC North rivalry match against the Browns at home. In the 1st quarter the Ravens trailed early when kicker Phil Dawson made a 28-yard field goal, but got the lead back after QB Joe Flacco found WR Anquan Boldin on an 8 and a 12-yard TD pass. After that the Ravens fell behind when RB Peyton Hillis made a 1-yard TD run, followed in the 4th quarter by QB Seneca Wallace completing a 1-yard TD pass to TE Benjamin Watson; the Ravens replied and took the lead when Flacco made a 27-yard TD pass to WR Anquan Boldin, followed by kicker Billy Cundiff nailing a 49-yard field goal. With the win, the Ravens improved to 2–1. Coming off their divisional home win over the Browns, the Ravens flew to Heinz Field for their Week 4 duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers, in their 3rd straight divisional game. Baltimore would trail early as Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall picked up a 1-yard touchdown run; the Ravens would take the lead in the second quarter as running back Willis McGahee got a 9-yard touchdown run, followed by kicker Billy Cundiff making a 33-yard field goal.
After a scoreless third quarter, Pittsburgh would get the lead again as Mendenhall made a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Baltimore was able to go back ahead as quarterback Joe Flacco completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis intercepted Pittsburgh backup quarterback Charlie Batch on the Steelers' final possession to end the game. With the win, the Ravens improved to 3–1. Hoping to increase their winning streak the Ravens played on home ground for an AFC duel with the Broncos. In the first quarter the Ravens took the early lead with QB Joe Flacco scrambling 1 yard to the endzone for a touchdown, followed in the 2nd quarter by RB Ray Rice getting a 1-yard TD run. Kicker Billy Cundiff got a 37-yard field goal; the lead was narrowed when QB Kyle Orton made a 42-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Lloyd, but the Ravens scored again at the beginning of the 4th quarter with Rice getting another 1-yard TD run.
The Broncos replied with kicker Matt Prater hitting a 38-yard field goal, but RB Willis McGahee got a 30-yard TD run to put the Ravens ahead 31–10. The Broncos made the final score of the game with Orton finding Lloyd again on a 44-yard TD pass. With the win, the Ravens improved to 4–1. Hoping to increase their winning streak the Ravens flew to Gillette Stadium for an AFC duel with the Patriots. In the 1st quarter the Ravens got the early lead as kic
Marc Robert Bulger is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons entirely with the St. Louis Rams, he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and was a member of the Atlanta Falcons before joining the Rams and served as a backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. However, Bulger never played a regular season game for any of Falcons or Ravens. Bulger played college football at West Virginia University, he was a sport management major. 1997: 168/284 for 2,128 yards and 12 touchdowns vs. 9 interceptions. 46 carries for 2 touchdowns. 1998: 274/419 for 3,607 yards and 31 touchdowns vs. 10 interceptions. 33 carries for -92 yards. 1999: 143/237 for 1,709 yards and 11 touchdowns vs. 13 interceptions. 24 carries for 1 touchdown. Bulger was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and spent training camp with the team before being waived. Bulger spent two weeks on the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons during the 2000 season.
After spending time on the St. Louis Rams practice squad late in the 2000 season, Bulger was re-signed by the Rams on January 12, 2001. Bulger did not see action in any contests during his first season with the Rams. In 2002, after the Rams started 0-5, Bulger filled in for an injured Jamie Martin, filling in for the injured Kurt Warner, finished the season with a 6-0 record in games that he both started and finished, but Bulger was injured early in a game against the Seattle Seahawks and the Rams ended the season at 7-9. Bulger entered the 2003 season as Warner's backup, but was promoted to No. 1 on the depth chart after Warner committed five turnovers and suffered a concussion in an opening week loss to the New York Giants. Bulger led the Rams to a regular-season record of 12–4, securing the NFC West title and a first-round bye; the Rams went on to lose a heartbreaking double-overtime thriller to the eventual NFC Champion Carolina Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Bulger made the Pro Bowl where he was the game’s MVP.
Bulger’s performance in 2003 solidified his position as the Rams' starting quarterback. Warner was released in June 2004, the Rams signed Bulger to a four-year, $19.1 million contract. The Rams went 8–8 in 2004, narrowly losing the division to the favored Seattle Seahawks, but earned a wild-card berth in a mediocre NFC; the Rams defeated Seattle for a third time in the wild-card round, but lost the following week at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round by a wide 47–17 margin. On October 17, against the Indianapolis Colts, Bulger injured his right shoulder. After missing two games, he returned to the field on November, 20 against the Arizona Cardinals where he re-injured his shoulder, he was placed on IR on December 25, 2005. He finished the 2005 season with 9 Interceptions and a 94.4 passer rating. On September 10, 2006, in a game against the Denver Broncos, Bulger reached 1,000 completions faster than any quarterback in NFL history. Bulger achieved this two games less than ex-Rams QB Kurt Warner.
Drew Bledsoe and Peyton Manning needed 48 games, it took Dan Marino 49. On July 28, 2007, Bulger signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract extension with the Rams, making him the highest-paid player in Rams history. The contract included $27 million in guaranteed money and put him in a group of six quarterbacks making $10 million a year or more. Bulger had one year remaining on a four-year, $19.1 million contract, which would have paid him $4 million in 2007. In the 2007 season, Bulger was plagued with injuries through the entire season as was the entire team. Injuries on the offensive line took effect as he threw more interceptions than touchdowns for the first time in his career, he was considered one of the biggest disappointments of the season, which saw the Rams slump to 3–13. On September 23, 2008, after starting 0–3, Bulger lost his starting role to Trent Green. However, seven days new head coach Jim Haslett named Marc Bulger the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. On November 9, 2008 vs the Jets, Haslett replaced Bulger with Green after halftime after the Jets took a 40–0 lead in the first half, cued by four first half Rams turnovers.
A week he was put back in as starting quarterback. His performances improved as the year went on, but he still turned in another lackluster season with more interceptions than touchdowns and continuously declining completion percentages. Bulger was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 26, 2009, as the Rams slumped to a franchise-worst 1–15 record, a 6–42 record for the three seasons from 2007 to 2009, he had thrown just five touchdown passes during the 2009 season, although his statistics remained where they had been in 2007 and 2008, apart from an improved interception percentage of 2.4 percent vis-à-vis 4 percent. Bulger asked for, was granted, his release by the Rams on April 5, 2010, his 33rd birthday. On June 23, 2010, Bulger reached an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year, $3.8 million deal that had the possibility of increasing to $5.8 million through incentives. However, Bulger never played a single snap. Although several teams were interested in signing him, Bulger announced his retirement from football on August 2, 2011.
Bulger was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Sacred Heart Middle School and Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. He comes from a family of collegiate athletes, his father, was a quarter
Tutankhamen Marqués Reyes is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he played college football at Mississippi. He has played for the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Houston Texans. Reyes attended August Martin High School in Queens, New York and was a standout in football and basketball. In football, he garnered All-Queens was selected to the Coaches All-City Team; as a senior, he posted 18 receptions for five touchdowns as a tight end. Reyes made 25 starts, including 24 in a row at left tackle, during his final two seasons at Ole Miss; as a senior in 1999, he received Second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors by coaches. Reyes helped the Rebels finish third in the SEC with a 7–4 record and defeat the University of Oklahoma in the Independence Bowl; the Rebels offense ranked second in the SEC with 182.5 rushing yards per game as running back Deuce McAllister led the conference with 169.2 all-purpose yards per game.
Reyes was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played for the Saints for two seasons seeing action in one game. After the 2001 NFL season, Reyes saw no game action. During the 2002 NFL season, he went to the Carolina Panthers, he started 12 games in the 2004 NFL season at right and left guard as part of the Carolina Panthers offensive line that used five different starting combinations. He made his first NFL start at left guard against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004 and helped clear lanes for running back DeShaun Foster to rush for 174 yards, the fourth-highest total in Panthers history. In 2005, Reyes had his best season as a pro, he started in all 16 regular season games, 3 playoff games, helping lead the Panthers to their 2nd NFC Championship appearance in 3 years. After the 2005 NFL season, Reyes signed with the Buffalo Bills, he started the first 6 games of the 2006 season at left guard before suffering a shoulder injury. Reyes would not play again that season.
On August 19, 2007, Reyes signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He saw action in one game that season. In 2008, Reyes started three games for the Jaguars, playing in 15. Reyes signed with his hometown team, the New York Giants on May 21, 2009, he was waived on September 15. Reyes was signed by the Houston Texans on October 14, 2009, in what would be his 10th and final NFL season. Tutan Reyes on Twitter New York Giants bio
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints compete in the National Football League as a member of the league's National Football Conference South division; the team was founded by John W. Mecom Jr. David Dixon, the city of New Orleans on November 1, 1966; the Saints began play in Tulane Stadium in 1967. The name "Saints" is an allusion to November 1 being All Saints Day in the Catholic faith. New Orleans has a large Catholic population, the spiritual "When the Saints Go Marching In" is associated with New Orleans and is sung by fans at games; the franchise was founded on November 1, 1966. The team's primary colors are old gold and black, they played their home games in Tulane Stadium through the 1974 NFL season. The following year, they moved to the new Louisiana Superdome. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were competitive, only getting to.500 twice. In 1987, they finished 12–3—their first-ever winning season—and qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but lost to the Minnesota Vikings 44–10.
The next season in 1988 ended with a 10 -- 6 record. Following the 2000 regular season, the Saints defeated the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams 31–28 to notch their first-ever playoff win. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast region; the Superdome was used as temporary shelter for displaced residents. The stadium suffered damage from the hurricane; the Saints were forced to play their first scheduled home game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. During the season, it was rumored that Saints' owner Tom Benson might deem the Superdome unusable and seek to void his contract and relocate the team to San Antonio, where he had business interests. However, the Superdome was repaired and renovated in time for the 2006 season at an estimated cost of US$185 million; the New Orleans Saints' first post-Katrina home game was an charged Monday Night Football game versus their division rival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints, under rookie head coach Sean Payton and new quarterback Drew Brees, defeated the Falcons 23–3, went on to notch the second playoff win in franchise history.
The 2009 season was a historic one for the Saints. Winning a franchise-record 13 games, they qualified for Super Bowl XLIV and defeated the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts 31–17. To date, it is the only Super Bowl championship that they have won, as it is the only Super Bowl the Saints have appeared in, they join the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only three NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance. In 52 seasons, the Saints' record was 371–446–5 overall, 362–435–5 in the regular season and 9–11 in the playoffs. First the brainchild of local sports entrepreneur Dave Dixon, who built the Louisiana Superdome and founded the USFL, the Saints were secretly born in a backroom deal brought about by U. S. Congressman Hale Boggs, U. S. Senator Russell Long, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle; the NFL needed congressional approval of the proposed AFL–NFL merger. Dixon and a local civic group had been seeking an NFL franchise for over five years and had hosted record crowds for NFL exhibition games.
To seal the merger, Rozelle arrived in New Orleans within a week, announced on November 1, 1966, that the NFL had awarded the city of New Orleans an NFL franchise. The team was named for the great jazz song most identified with New Orleans – "When the Saints Go Marching In", it was no coincidence that the franchise's official birth was announced on November 1, the Catholic All Saints' Day; when the deal was reached a week earlier, Dixon suggested to Rozelle that the announcement be delayed until then. Dixon told an interviewer that he cleared the name with New Orleans' Archbishop Philip M. Hannan: "He thought it would be a good idea, he had an idea the team was going to need all the help it could get."Boggs' Congressional committee in turn approved the NFL merger. John W. Mecom Jr. a young oilman from Houston, became the team's first majority stockholder. The team's colors and gold, symbolized both Mecom's and New Orleans' strong ties to the oil industry. Trumpeter Al Hirt was part owner of the team, his rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" was made the official fight song.
The inaugural game in 1967 on September 17 started with a 94-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown by John Gilliam, but the Saints lost that game 27–13 to the Los Angeles Rams at Tulane Stadium, with over 80,000 in attendance. It was one of the few highlights of a 3–11 season, which set an NFL record for most wins by an expansion team. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were the definition of NFL futility, they did not finish as high as second in their division until 1979. The 1979 and 1983 teams were the only ones to finish at.500 until 1987. One of the franchise's early bright moments came on November 8, 1970, when Tom Dempsey kicked an NFL record-breaking 63-yard field goal at Tulane Stadium to defeat the Detroit Lions 19–17 in the final seconds of the game. Dempsey's record was not broken until 2013 by Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos, who kicked one yard far
The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football franchise based in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference West division, they joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The Seahawks are coached by Pete Carroll. Since 2002, they have played their home games at CenturyLink Field, located south of downtown Seattle, they played home games in the Kingdome and Husky Stadium. Seahawks fans have been referred to collectively as the "12th Man", "12th Fan", or "12s"; the Seahawks' fans have twice set the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd noise at a sporting event, first registering 136.6 decibels during a game against the San Francisco 49ers in September 2013, during a Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints a few months with a record-setting 137.6 dB. The Seahawks are the only NFL franchise based in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, thus attract support from a wide geographical area, including some parts of Oregon, Montana and Alaska, as well as Canadian fans in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Walter Jones, Kenny Easley have been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame or wholly for their accomplishments as Seahawks. In addition to them, Dave Brown, Jacob Green, Dave Krieg, Curt Warner, Jim Zorn have been inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor along with Pete Gross and Chuck Knox; the Seahawks have won three conference championships. They are the only team to have played in both NFC Championship Games, they have appeared in three Super Bowls: losing 21–10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, defeating the Denver Broncos 43–8 for their first championship in Super Bowl XLVIII, losing 28–24 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. As per one of the agreed parts of the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, the NFL began planning to expand from 26 to 28 teams. In June 1972, Seattle Professional Football Inc. a group of Seattle business and community leaders, announced its intention to acquire an NFL franchise for the city of Seattle. In June 1974, the NFL gave the city an expansion franchise.
That December, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced the official signing of the franchise agreement by Lloyd W. Nordstrom, representing the Nordstrom family as majority partners for the consortium. In March 1975, John Thompson, former Executive Director of the NFL Management Council and a former Washington Huskies executive, was hired as the general manager of the new team; the name Seattle Seahawks was selected on June 17, 1975 after a public naming contest which drew more than 20,000 entries and over 1,700 names. Thompson recruited and hired Jack Patera, a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach, to be the first head coach of the Seahawks; the expansion draft was held March 30–31, 1976, with Seattle and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alternating picks for rounds selecting unprotected players from the other 26 teams in the league. The Seahawks were awarded the 2nd overall pick in the 1976 draft, a pick they used on defensive tackle Steve Niehaus; the team took the field for the first time on August 1, 1976 in a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers in the newly opened Kingdome.
The Seahawks are the only NFL team to switch conferences twice in the post-merger era. The franchise began play in 1976 in the aforementioned NFC West but switched conferences with the Buccaneers after one season and joined the AFC West; this realignment was dictated by the league as part of the 1976 expansion plan, so that both expansion teams could play each other twice and every other NFL franchise once during their first two seasons. The Seahawks won both matchups against the Buccaneers in their first two seasons, the former of, the Seahawks' first regular season victory. In 1983, the Seahawks hired Chuck Knox as head coach. Finishing with a 9–7 record, the Seahawks made their first post-season appearance, defeating the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card Round, the Miami Dolphins, before losing in the AFC Championship to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Raiders; the following season, the Seahawks had their best season before 2005, finishing 12–4. Knox won the NFL Coach of the Year Award.
In 1988, Ken Behring and partner Ken Hofmann purchased the team for $79 million or $99 million. The Seahawks won their first division title in 1988, but from 1989 to 1998 had poor records. In 1996, Behring and Hoffman transferred the team's operations to Anaheim, California, a criticized move, although the team continued to play in Seattle; the team relocated, was in bankruptcy for a short period. The NFL threatened Behring with fining him $500,000 a day if he didn't move the team's operations back to Seattle, he would coach for 10 seasons. The Seahawks won their second division title, as well as a wild card berth in the playoffs. In 2002, the Seahawks returned to the NFC West as part of an NFL realignment plan that gave each conference four balanced divisions of four teams each; this realignment restored the AFC West to its initial post-merger roster of original AFL teams Denver, San Diego, Kansas City, Oakland. That same year
The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference North division; the Browns play their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium, which opened in 1999, with administrative offices and training facilities in Berea, Ohio. The Browns' official colors are brown and white, they are unique among the 32 member franchises of the NFL in that they do not have a logo on their helmets. The franchise was founded in 1945 by businessman Arthur B. McBride and coach Paul Brown as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference; the Browns dominated the AAFC, compiling a 47–4–3 record in the league's four seasons and winning its championship in each. When the AAFC folded after the 1949 season, the Browns joined the National Football League along with the San Francisco 49ers and the original Baltimore Colts; the Browns won a championship in their inaugural NFL season, as well as in the 1954, 1955, 1964 seasons, in a feat unequaled in any of the North American major professional sports, played in their league championship game in each of the Browns' first ten years of existence.
From 1965 to 1995, they made the playoffs 14 times, but did not win another championship or appear in the Super Bowl during that period. In 1995, owner Art Modell, who had purchased the Browns in 1961, announced plans to move the team to Baltimore. 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, training facility, history, were kept in trust and the franchise was regarded by the NFL as suspended, with a new team to 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, one playoff appearance, no playoff wins. The franchise has been noted for a lack of stability with quarterbacks, having started 30 players in the position since 1999.
Through the end of the 2018 season, the Browns' win–loss record since returning to the NFL in 1999 is 95–224–1. In 2017, the Browns became only the second team in league history to finish a season 0–16, joining the 2008 Detroit Lions. Through the 2018 season, the Browns hold the longest active playoff drought in the NFL, at 16 seasons; the history of the Cleveland Browns American football team began in 1944 when taxi-cab magnate Arthur B. "Mickey" McBride secured a Cleveland franchise in the newly formed All-America Football Conference. Paul Brown was the team's namesake and first coach; the Browns began play in 1946 in the AAFC. The Browns won each of the league's four championship games before the league dissolved in 1949; the team moved to the more established National Football League, where it continued to dominate. Between 1950 and 1955, Cleveland reached the NFL championship game every year. McBride and his partners sold the team to a group of Cleveland businessmen in 1953 for a then-unheard-of $600,000.
Eight years the team was sold again, this time to a group led by New York advertising executive Art Modell. Modell fired Brown before the 1963 season, but the team continued to win behind running back Jim Brown; the Browns won the championship in 1964 and reached the title game the following season, losing to the Green Bay Packers. When the AFL and NFL merged before the 1970 season, Cleveland became part of the new American Football Conference. While the Browns made it back to the playoffs in 1971 and 1972, they fell into mediocrity through the mid-1970s. A revival of sorts took place in 1979 and 1980, when quarterback Brian Sipe engineered a series of last-minute wins and the Browns came to be called the "Kardiac Kids". Under Sipe, the Browns did not make it past the first round of the playoffs. Quarterback Bernie Kosar, who the Browns drafted in 1985, led the team to three AFC Championship games in the late 1980s but lost each time to the Denver Broncos. In 1995, Modell announced he was relocating the Browns to Baltimore, sowing a mix of outrage and bitterness among Cleveland's dedicated fan base.
Negotiations and legal battles led to an agreement where Modell was allowed to move the team, but Cleveland kept the Browns' name and history. After three years of suspension while Cleveland Stadium was demolished and FirstEnergy Stadium built on its site, the Browns started play again in 1999 under new owner Al Lerner; the Browns struggled throughout the 2000s and 2010s, posting a record of 95–224–1 since their 1999 return. The Browns have only posted two winning seasons and one playoff appearance since returning to the NFL; the team's struggles have been magnified since 2012, when the Lerner family sold the team to businessman Jimmy Haslam. In six seasons under the Haslam ownership, the Browns went through four head coaches and four general managers, none of whom had found success. In 2016 and 2017 under head coach Hue Jackson, the Browns went 1–31, the worst two-year stretch in NFL history, received the number one overall draft pick in both of those years; the Browns are the only National Football League team without a helmet logo.
The logoless helmet serves as the Browns' official logo. The organization has used several promotional logos throughout the years.