CLEVELAND — LeBron James sat down with ESPN and admitted he had trouble recruiting stars to come to Cleveland.
"A lot of people didn't want to come to Cleveland, let me just throw that out there," James told ESPN in a story that first aired Monday. "I tried to recruit so many guys to come to Cleveland, and we actually had — I had — a couple guys and it just didn't work out."
Recruiting in Cleveland may be difficult for the NBA, but Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said he relates to Cleveland and is happy to be here.
“It is definitely a lot of fun. I do not think that there is any other way to describe it. It is not always pretty, but you go through the good times and the bad times together. There has been a lot more good than bad as of recent. It is fun. I expect that relationship to continue to grow. I relate to Cleveland. The work ethic, the stuff that you have to earn it around here, that is what the Browns are all about. It is going to be a good relationship for a long time," Mayfield said after the Browns sweep of the Bengals.
With the Browns finally winning some games, we could see more free agents signing with Cleveland in the off season.
“John Dorsey is showing the same skill with the Cleveland Browns that he did with the Kansas City Chiefs,” NFL agent Leigh Steinberg said. “You couldn’t do any better than drafting Baker Mayfield at the most critical position which is quarterback. And he now looks like he will be a franchise quarterback.”
The Cleveland Indians are currently in their off-season dealing with free agency.
They have lost big names like Michael Brantley, Josh Donaldson and Andrew Miller to free agency.
The Tribe traded Yan Gomes and Edwin Encarnacion but gained Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers.
They haven't picked up any big names during the off season.
The question remains: is it difficult to get players to come to Cleveland? History seemingly says yes.