INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed and heard at the NFL combine on Friday:
1. Browns have begun interviews with in-house free agents: Many teams aren't talking hard numbers yet because free agency doesn't launch until March 10, but the Browns have been sitting down with reps for cornerback Buster Skrine, linebacker Jabaal Sheard and more. The buzz is still that Jordan Cameron won't be back. Sheard and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin are unlikely to return, barring an unforeseen late swing. The Browns will want Skrine back, but Skrine will have a nice market for himself. He had a good season, and the Browns might not be interested in a bidding war. The biggest ball to drop is with Brian Hoyer, whose agent talked with the Browns in January, but it's uncertain when negotiations will relaunch.
2. Did Desmond Bryant play his way out of a pay cut or restructure?: Bryant's five-year, $34-million deal pays about $6 million in 2015. If Bryant underwhelmed in 2014, he could have faced issues around this time. But I'm told Bryant feels confident that's not an issue after a productive season. Bryant's five sacks and 49 tackles aren't outlandish numbers, but Paul Kruger told me during the year that Bryant was downright dominant at times up front. The Browns are not saddled with bloated deals. Defensive tackle Phil Taylor is due $5.5 million in the final year of his rookie deal. After missing 11 games to knee problems last year, the Browns could approach Taylor about his contract or outright release him.
3. DeVante Parker could be intriguing option for Browns: The team had an informal meeting with the smooth wide receiver from Louisville. The 6-foot-3 Parker is considered a first-round prospect and a good route-runner, which is what the Browns need in a post-Josh Gordon era.