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Browns reach deal with second-round pick Joel Bitonio

Joel Bitonio AP

The Browns have struck a deal with their second-round pick, agreeing to a contract with offensive guard Joel Bitonio, the club said Sunday.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Bitonio played tackle at Nevada but will be used at left guard in Cleveland. The No. 35 overall pick in May, Bitonio tested well at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he was timed at 4.97 seconds in the 40-yard dash, fourth-best among offensive linemen.

Cornerback Justin Gilbert, the first of the Browns’ two first-round picks, is Cleveland’s lone unsigned rookie. The vast majority of rookie contracts leaguewide were completed during offseason workouts, owing to the increased ease of negotiating deals under the 2011 CBA.

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15 Responses to “Browns reach deal with second-round pick Joel Bitonio”
  1. revren10 says: Jun 22, 2014 3:08 PM

    They will need this kid to play lights out to protect johnny “will be a bust” football

  2. easydog100 says: Jun 22, 2014 3:09 PM

    I feel he may well be their best overall draft pick in 2014.

  3. 216orangeandbrown says: Jun 22, 2014 3:09 PM

    He will be playing starting right tackle by the start of the season!

  4. sewalters79 says: Jun 22, 2014 3:12 PM

    This kid is a stud! Will be a great player for the Browns

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 22, 2014 3:21 PM

    And so begins the epic career of The Bologna-O Sandwich.

  6. mad55555 says: Jun 22, 2014 4:17 PM

    the factory of sadness continues

  7. kwjsb says: Jun 22, 2014 4:23 PM

    A Bulldozer that get get outside. Last year we were ranked 28th in running offense, this year top 15.

    In Ray We Trust

  8. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 22, 2014 4:50 PM

    Drives me crazy when teams draft players then switch their positions when they move to the NFL. This strategy rarely is effective. Its a big enough adjustment going from college to the NFL, then you switch the players position. Just makes the transition that more difficult, and ends up being a busted pick. Great job again Browns. And Most Browns fans wonder why they are horrible every year. This is why. Has nothing to do with caching, its stupid drafting and personnel decisions

  9. cguy7 says: Jun 22, 2014 4:52 PM

    Will roadgrade all AFC North interior D Lineman. Freak.

  10. pacodawg says: Jun 22, 2014 6:25 PM

    As a college scout I say he’s a stud

  11. bensstinkyfingers says: Jun 22, 2014 7:19 PM

    Yep definitely a stud, look for ben tate and terrance west to both rush for 1000 ys this season

  12. oldcracker says: Jun 22, 2014 10:11 PM

    Bitonio will be a key piece in Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. The running game will benefit greatly but, will that translate into “wins”???

  13. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 22, 2014 10:16 PM

    Most Browns fans are becoming as myopic as Suckeye fan.

  14. bornahawker says: Jun 22, 2014 11:44 PM

    Rams could of had this guy and Watkins! I am so glad they are so dumb! GO HAWKS!

  15. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 23, 2014 5:21 AM

    Scary looking dude.

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