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This is probably just what happens when it is suggested publicly that a self-respecting football player would play for the Cleveland Browns if he had any other choice:

NFL.com national reporter Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Kendricks would join the Browns to form “one of the most talented” linebacking groups in football. It was quickly refuted by Kendricks’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, and now Kendricks himself has pretty well shut it down. But the report has been aggregated everywhere—even Kendricks’s Wikipedia page has him playing for the Browns. Probably he would not have been so vehement about it if he’d been linked to, say, the Steelers. Hell, his teammate turned down a starting job in Cleveland to stay a backup in Philadelphia. We’re talking the Browns, here.