Getting A Deal Done: Timelines On Signing Cleveland Browns Rookies

June 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Every summer, it's the same drama all over again: when teams are going to get their rookies signed.
With the exception of the Chicago Bears, who aggressively attacked the contract issue and locked in all their draft picks a few weeks ago, most teams are just now starting to try to get the rookie contracts finished.
Low-round draft picks have their salaries on a more rigid slotting system, so even if the player hasn't signed yet, like Clifton Geathers or Carlton Mitchell, they don't have a lot of bargaining room, and their signings are pretty much a foregone conclusion.
First-round pick Joe Haden, on the other hand, probably is being advised to wait and see how other first-round picks sign. The problem with that is there are a lot of other agents telling the other first-round picks the exact same thing.
Colt McCoy was a third-round pick, so he'll be a lot easier to sign than if he was a first-round pick, but he's still a quarterback, so that complicates things to a d...

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