In anticipation of a potential media feeding frenzy at the Cleveland Browns' rookie minicamp, the team will limit access to reporters this weekend and at other offseason activities.
Only Cleveland media who regularly cover the Browns and a few national writers will be granted access to watch practice and talk with the newcomers, including quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Manziel was the one of the Browns' two first-round picks in the NFL Draft last week. His first workouts with the team are highly anticipated and have created interest throughout the country.
The Browns also announced that live video of the minicamp will not be permitted in an effort to avoid a media circus that would have included a cadre of satellite trucks and entertainment networks.
According to NFL guidelines, the team has the right to limit media availability during the rookie minicamp, but one of its Organized Team Activity sessions must be open, though the Browns have the eoption to restrict video and photo opportuntiies during the OTAs.
When training camp begins in July, it will be open not only to the media but to the public.