Cleveland Browns Have Advantage in Free Agent Talks

June 2, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Cleveland Browns front office is making one last attempt at getting their five restricted free agents signed and into the offseason program.
The Browns could have rescinded their offers, but that would've made the players unrestricted free agents.
With this move, the Browns are approaching the players in good faith while still keeping all the leverage in contract negotiations.
The five players (running back Jerome Harrison, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, linebacker Matt Roth, safety Abe Elam, and fullback Lawrence Vickers) all were offered second-round tenders worth more than $1 million a piece for the 2010 season.
It is important to point out that four of these players— Roth, Elam, Harrison and Vickers— are represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Rosenhaus will play hardball, but he doesn't have much to work with here. As RFAs, they can't go anywhere else, and if they decline to sign their tenders by June 15, their rights remain with the Browns,...

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