And so fresh off a historic, dismal 0-16 season, the team has agreed to appear on HBO's popular "Hard Knocks" series, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press. There are plenty of story lines - Coach Hue Jackson on the hot seat with a 1-31 record, first overall draft pick quarterback Baker Mayfield and the recovery of wide receiver Josh Gordon to name a few.
What's more, on four occasions, teams made the playoffs in the year they appeared: the Bengals (2009, 2013), Jets (2010) and Houston Texans (2015).
Hard Knocks is headed to Cleveland.
"Like many, I was reluctant about being the featured team on Hard Knocks but once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right", Dorsey in a statement.
The Browns also have a largely reworked front office, now led by first-year general manager John Dorsey - who, by the way, was probably not thrilled by this development.
The Browns have turned down previous opportunities to be on the award-winning series.
Victor of 16 Sports Emmy (R) Awards to date, HARD KNOCKS launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, subsequently spotlighting the Cowboys (2008), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), New York Jets (2010), Miami Dolphins (2012), Bengals (2013), Atlanta Falcons (2014), Houston Texans (2015) and Los Angeles Rams (2016).
Additionally, this season, the Browns set the record for the worst 28-game stretch in National Football League history, as they bested the previous mark of 2-26 set by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1976-1977 seasons with a 1-27 mark that got four losses worse since Week 13. The program's film crew is set to descend on the team's training camp this summer, with plans to shoot thousands of hours worth of behind-the-scenes footage.
Cleveland is the 13th franchise to participate in "Hard Knocks", which began in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens.