Mike Holmgren is trying to kickstart a new era of Browns football, but the rules governing the uncapped year are getting in the way.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer writes that five starters, all unsigned restricted free agents, plan to skip the team’s start of Organized Team Activities.
The list includes safety Abe Elam, who wants a multiyear deal. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson’s agent believes the Browns “failed to live up to their promise to give Jackson an extension” before last season. (That was before he tore his pectoral muscle.)
Defensive end Matt Roth, fullback Lawrence Vickers, and running back Jerome Harrison are also not expected to attend. Roth, Vickers, and Elam are all represented by Drew Rosenhaus, so they seem likely to move in a pack.
Since the players are all unsigned, they could chose to skip mandatory minicamp on June 10-12.