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May 8, 2009 - Mike McLain
The next order of business for Browns coach Eric Mangini will be a voluntary, three-day minicamp May 19-21, which will be followed a week later by another voluntary minicamp.
The key word in the preceding paragraph is "voluntary." That means some veterans that prefer working out on their own might not be in attendance. Also, players that might not be pleased with the coaching change could boycott the camps.
Braylon Edwards is the player of most intreest to the media. You have to assume he followed the rumors about what was believed to be a certain trade to the New York Giants with anxious anticipation. Now that the trade seems unlikely, Edwards might not be in a mood to attend the camps.
Edwards has never said he wanted out of town, but you can read between the lines. He's never been happy playing in Cleveland because he feels like a lost Wolverine in Buckeye country. The confused quarterback issue hasn't helped his game, although he did more damage with dropped passes than Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn did with errant throws.
I'm not certain defensive lineman Shaun Rogers will be on hand. As far as we know Rogers and Mangini have smoothed over the controversy that arose when Mangini didn't see Rogers at a sports banquet during the winter. At the time, there were reports that Rogers was so miffed he wanted to be traded.
Rogers is under contract through the 2013 season. As long as he's a productive player, and as long as the Browns want him, he will be a Brown. It might be a good idea for him to show up for the camps.
You can be sure that Quinn and Anderson will be at the camps. Neither would be so dumb as to skip the camps and allow the other to get an upper hand on the offense being installed by new coordinator Brian Daboll.
The final minicamp is scheduled for June 11-13. That camp is mandatory.
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