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Browns agree to terms with second-rounder Veikune

The Cleveland Browns agreed to a deal early this morning with second-round outside linebacker David Veikune, according to a league source.

Per our source, the negotiating impasse was resolved when Veikune was given a skill, injury and salary-cap guarantee in the contract.

Not every second-round deal has included that kind of financial protection.

“The most important component to getting this deal done was to include a skill, injury and cap guarantee,” said Kenny Zuckerman, Veikune’s agent. “Any agent that has a second-round pick would be negligent to not have this in their deal. There is too much money at risk.”

UPDATE: Veikune received just over $1.75 million in guaranteed money and just under $1.4 million for his signing bonus. The total value of the deal is just over $3.5 million.

The 6’2,” 257-pounder is expected to report at some point today.

The Veikune deal leaves the Browns with two unsigned second-round draft picks: wide receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi.

In three seasons at the University of Hawaii, Veikune registered 118 tackles, 29 tackles for losses and 18 sacks.

Last season, Veikune recorded 73 tackles, 16.5 tackles for losses and nine sacks and was named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference.

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5 Responses to “Browns agree to terms with second-rounder Veikune”
  1. hark44 says: Jul 26, 2009 5:56 AM

    wow, 5:15 am… Aaron Wilson, you are a soldier.
    A florio post this early would have been structured something like this:
    1. Intro statement focusing on the various details of Florio’s life that led him to post at such an hour.
    2. Four well edited sentences that exist for no other reason but to drop a name or two.
    3. 2-3 sentences regarding the headline in question.
    4. A two paragraph dissertation on how cute Jason Whitlock looks in cargo shorts.
    5. Last season’s stats for the player in question.
    6. Whiney paragraph about the transition from money-grubbing lawyer to money-grubbing reporter.
    7. Quip about Farve/Vick/Roethlisburger or whatever the damned you kids are talking about these days.
    8. “That’s what she said.”
    9. Scarcely relative Youtube video to drive the scarcely funny punchline home.
    5:15 AM, all news, no BS. Congrats Wilson. Put your two weeks in and you just might make it in this business.

  2. 90ragtop says: Jul 26, 2009 8:08 AM

    hark44
    Are you a newspaper editor somewhere or something? You gripe about the writing style of a “money-grubbing lawyer turned money-grubbing reporter” who is not even the author of the article. And speaking of irrelevant sentences, you didn’t even mention the name of the subject of the article in your post, either.
    Color me clueless but why do people come to this site if they’re more into bashing the reporting style of the web page founder than reading about NFL football?

  3. djchill76 says: Jul 26, 2009 9:17 AM

    Glad Veikune is a Brown….pretty sure Mangini put together an incredible draft class….I guess we will know for sure in a few years…I like what I see so far…

  4. 1standTen says: Jul 27, 2009 8:54 AM

    I wish the reporter would have covered for the reader base what the sub-subject is for this post: what is a skill, injury, and cap guarantee?

  5. The Coop says: Jul 28, 2009 11:36 AM

    Boom goes the dynamite.

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