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Five Browns starters expected to skip start of OTAs

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. 

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28 Responses to “Five Browns starters expected to skip start of OTAs”
  1. Zox says: May 13, 2010 1:26 PM

    Damn. The Brown’s superbowl hopes are now in jeopardy.

  2. SHUTYOURFACE says: May 13, 2010 1:26 PM

    cleveland should just go away again.

  3. DB26 says: May 13, 2010 1:32 PM

    MORONS! GO TO WORK…. I don’t get what I am worth at work, but I go everyday so that I can make money.
    For football players, enjoy the fact that you are playing a sport for a career, something many of us only dream we could do. Go to work because you love your job, not because your not getting the coin.
    This business is really becoming pathetic. Of those mentioned, Matt Roth deserves more money

  4. rjgreen3 says: May 13, 2010 1:32 PM

    time to move on……….wtf???????????

  5. SamWycheForPrez says: May 13, 2010 1:36 PM

    Thanks, Rosenhaus. Not that the Browns are much of a threat in the AFC North this year anyway, but if you want to help hold them back, that is fine by me.

  6. GurpBadesha says: May 13, 2010 1:42 PM

    Cleveland Browns are like the Vancouver Canucks…. PATHETIC

  7. Nate is Gay for Brady says: May 13, 2010 1:48 PM

    OMG!! Noooooooooo!! There is no way the Browns will repeat this year as AFC Champs if these guys don’t go to OTAs! Oh wait……. the Browns suck. So who really cares.

  8. js136202 says: May 13, 2010 1:50 PM

    The Vancouver Canucks made the second round of the playoffs. The last time the Browns made the second round of the playoffs, Bill Bellicheat was our coach.
    Thank you for the compliment.

  9. Steve says: May 13, 2010 1:57 PM

    Hey, let them all sit out the season, too. See if they enjoy the paychecks.

  10. daffy87 says: May 13, 2010 2:09 PM

    These players need to realize they don’t have alot of leverage. Most have either had their replacement drafted or picked up in free agency. The only one of the five I would say is crucial to the next season is Jerome Harrison. The other four are extremely expendable.

  11. daffy87 says: May 13, 2010 2:11 PM

    Also because they were starters last year doesn’t mean they were going to be starters this season.

  12. Hap says: May 13, 2010 2:17 PM

    Yeah, The Cowboys REALLY made a mistake not taking him over the othaz in THAT draft. He’s become a charade.

  13. hrmlss says: May 13, 2010 2:22 PM

    Yeah, Holmgren will be falling all over himself to renegotiate for this pack of low level talent

  14. pwndabear says: May 13, 2010 2:34 PM

    also because, as a browns fan, i realize that this really holds no sway on how the year is going to play out.

  15. The Coop says: May 13, 2010 2:52 PM

    Oh no! Without these guys, how in the hell will my beloved Browns beat the likes of Kansas City, Jacksonville, Oakland, and PITTSBURGH???
    Hahaha eat crap Yinzers.

  16. gallogj says: May 13, 2010 3:01 PM

    These players should all follow Josh Cribbs example…he showed up…he played hard…he did his job…and he eventually got rewarded with a new contract. Josh is the definition of class. The charity work he does in this community and the way he is perceived by these fans speaks volumes.
    Holmgren should keep all of these primadonna’s on his roster until the last preseason game is played…then drop them all. Let them sit on the couch at home all year praying for someone to get injured so they can have their chance to play again. They all have a chance now…but want to give it away because their agent is a #$*%.

  17. Actlikea2yrold says: May 13, 2010 3:01 PM

    SO WHAT!!!! Its the Browns, would you go???? The whole reason of going to a crappy place and playing for a crappy team is for money, I’d hold out too.
    Terrell Owens

  18. Phil Hernon says: May 13, 2010 3:08 PM

    These 5 players are all unsigned…….whats the problem? They became pros by their own vilition….hard work, discipline, sacrifice…….they KNOW how to stay in shape…….they know the Mangini system……why come to OTAs? If the Browns want them there now, sign them.

  19. GurpBadesha says: May 13, 2010 3:57 PM

    I wouldnt sign T.O for 1 million a year.
    Fatso Holmgren

  20. CKL says: May 13, 2010 3:59 PM

    Maybe Outhaus wanted some fans in attendance to watch him bust up some flaming bricks?
    I cannot STAND that guy…ugh.

  21. 90ragtop says: May 13, 2010 4:02 PM

    “The list includes safety Abe Elam, who wants a multiyear deal.”
    I guess ol’ Abe musta been watching Family Guy reruns or something that weekend that the Browns drafted all those DBs.
    What a friggin’ moron. He’s gonna be selling insurance in three or four months if he keeps this up.

  22. ErikInHell says: May 13, 2010 4:19 PM

    Pay Vickers, Ross, and Harrison. Jackson is very expendable right now, and ought to get his butt to OTAs before they expend him. I’d offer Elam the opportunity to carry gatoraide.

  23. Dixon29 says: May 13, 2010 5:02 PM

    For all of you crying saying these men need to go to work… Shut the F up! Working out and staying in prime football shape is part of their workday. None of you can say you wouldn’t do the same thing if afforded the opportunity.
    For those of you who say who cares about any of these people, get a grip. Jerome Harrison was the BEST running back in the NFL the last 3 games last year; what makes it even better, everyone knew the Browns were going to run, run, run, and nobody could stop them. Vickers is a BEAST too.

  24. beer_beer_beer_beer says: May 13, 2010 5:03 PM

    based on what?? their stellar 5 wins last season?

  25. HellsGrimTyrant says: May 13, 2010 5:25 PM

    Harrison and Elam should get their butts in before some rookie takes their job.
    Roth is in a stronger position. Jackson is in danger of being redundant, I thought they might have traded him by now.
    Vickers I like but let’s face it, blocking fullbacks are not the most irreplaceable part of the team. Roth and Harrison are the only ones who could possibly hurt if they are extended holdouts.

  26. Dawgpound2009 says: May 14, 2010 10:39 AM

    Vickers and Elam are expendable and might want to start looking for jobs in the arena league. Roth and Jackson are decent players. I am not sure either one is worry of a multi-year extension. Harrison is the player I would be looking about signing long-term. Mr. Walrus and Mr. Heckert might want to look into shoring up their d-line some. Too bad we cannot pack some of these player for a D-lineman or two. The Browns already pourous defense is going to be really really hurting without Rogers and even more so if there are any injuries.

  27. GoBrowns19 says: May 14, 2010 7:09 PM

    Being starters on last years team is like being a front line soldier in a war. If you’re still standing we can use you…but there’s a reason you were on the front line….because you’re expendible!

  28. tobago says: May 15, 2010 9:28 PM

    a backward step for the new regime, but whats new for sports teams in Cleveland

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