Browns “on verge” of finalizing Weeden deal

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The Cleveland Browns wrapped up No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson’s rookie deal late Monday, and Tuesday looks like it’ll bring a contract for fellow first-rounder Brandon Weeden.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Browns are “on the verge” of finalizing Weeden’s rookie contract. The sides reportedly spoke into the night on Monday and hope to put on finishing touches today.

Weeden has been hoping for a fully-guaranteed four-year contract. The Browns preferred to guarantee the first three seasons of the deal. In all likelihood, they’ll meet in the middle.

Weeden was the 22nd overall pick in April’s draft.

12 responses to “Browns “on verge” of finalizing Weeden deal

  1. He wants the fourth year guaranteed because he can start collecting social security the fifth year. Go Browns!

  2. Hurry up and get this guy signed! He needs to put in his retirement paperwork!

    The Mistake by the Lake lives on…

  3. spunjmunke says:
    Jul 24, 2012 7:28 AM
    “Nothing like waiting till the last minute. What the he!! have they been doing for the past two months?”

    I believe the answer to that was signing their other 9 draft picks, 15 undrafted free agents and adding a wide receiver in the supplemental draft who’s contracts were all finalized within a week of being added to the roster.

    Cleveland’s first rounders deals are only coming less than a week after Luck and RGIII got their deals. You got to remember that in a lot of cases it’s the agents who are holding off contact as they represent other players and try to get similar deals for all the guys they represent. Luck and RGIII’s contracts were probably used as benchmarks for negotiations for Richardson and now Weeden.

  4. The strategy is to wait until similar picks for other teams have signed, and then use that information as leverage during contract negotiations. Teams, including the Browns, do this every year; this is business as usual in the NFL.

    It’s only a problem when draftees aren’t signed and training camp has begun. It doesn’t prevent unsigned players from participating in spring OTAs.

  5. Reports indicate the the last few sticking points are being ironed out, with Weeden’s agents insisting on the complete series of Matlack on DVD, a substantial discount at Furr’s Cafeterias and a lifetime supply of dark dress socks.

  6. jasonafrantz says:
    Jul 24, 2012 8:01 AM
    “they’ll meet in the middle”… how can you meet in the middle whent he argument is between 3 and 4 years guaranteed?


    You can guarantee a portion of the fourth year salary or you can guarantee the full salary with an offset clause that says if you the cut the guy and he signs somewhere else you only owe him the difference between his original salary and the one he gets with the new team.

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