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No extension imminent for Jabaal Sheard

Ben Roethlisberger, Jabaal Sheard AP

There were reports last month that the Browns and linebacker Jabaal Sheard have had talks about a contract extension that would keep the pass rusher in Cleveland beyond the 2014 season.

Sheard’s agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that those discussions have been going on, but said that no one should be expecting an announcement of a new deal in the coming days.

“What I can say is we’ve done some back and forth, so we’ve had some extensive negotiations,” Rosenhaus said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “But I wouldn’t say anything is close at this time.”

Sheard, a second-round pick in 2011, has 21 sacks through three years with the Browns and could benefit as much as anyone on the defense from the arrival of new coach Mike Pettine. Pettine coached a sack-happy Bills defense last season and his price tag will only go up if Sheard does as well as Mario Williams did in Buffalo. That possibility will likely play a role in any further contract negotiations and could lead to the sides shelving things until they see how it all plays out.

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7 Responses to “No extension imminent for Jabaal Sheard”
  1. clownsfan says: Jul 18, 2014 9:39 AM

    Love this kid! Very underrated. Versatile. Has excelled in two different schemes. Has done everything the Browns have asked of him w/o complaining. Browns gotta lock him up.

  2. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 18, 2014 9:53 AM

    Sheard has been pretty good his first 2 seasons. If he has another solid year then they should extend him

  3. wryly1 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:10 AM

    Arguably the best player on Browns defensive front 7. They drafted Barkevious Mingo at #6 overall and he couldn’t beat out Sheard. What’s hurt the Browns more than anything, has been the nonstop changes in front office management, coaching and systems. This regime has got to stabilize things and get them going in one direction, with one plan.

  4. brownoholic says: Jul 18, 2014 10:31 AM

    Yeah, he’s got a nonstop motor. Can’t wait to see him in action again w/ the new & hopefully HERE TO STAY staff.

    I’d be shocked if he isn’t extended.

  5. kwjsb says: Jul 18, 2014 10:44 AM

    This kid can play, If he had been in the same system for more than 2 years he would be a pro-bowler.

    A Victim of the Turmoil

  6. nicofthenorthstar says: Jul 18, 2014 11:44 AM

    From the looks (locks?) of it, some hair extensions. But no contract extension.

  7. drfeelyouup says: Jul 18, 2014 1:28 PM

    Jabal Sheard carries around Johnny Football’s luggage.

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