We’ve remarked more than once this offseason about the speed with which most rookie contracts have gotten done, but none of them have been as quick as wide receiver Josh Gordon’s deal with the Browns.
Gordon was selected in the second round of the Supplemental Draft last Thursday and, per a report from Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, has already agreed to terms on his contract. It’s a four-year deal and Caplan reports that it is for a little more than $5.3 million with $3.8 million guaranteed.
That means Gordon is signed before the Browns have been able to reach agreement with either of their first-round picks from April. Both running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden remain unsigned, although General Manager Tom Heckert has said he expects both players to sign in time for camp. The quality of the Browns offense will have a lot to do with how quickly the three rookies are able to get up to speed so you can expect the Browns’ full attention to be on finishing contracts for Richardson and Weeden soon enough for them to start training camp on time.
As for Gordon, he’ll have to work hard to get up to speed on the Browns offense in time for the season. It’s nothing like the system he played in at Baylor, so it’s probably for the best that the Browns rookies will get a jump start on camp by reporting on July 24.