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All quiet in negotiations

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 21, 2009

It appears the Browns will begin their rookie orientation Friday with only half of the 2009 draft class signed.

According to sources, there has been little to no contact between the organization and its top four picks -- center Alex Mack (No. 21), receiver Brian Robiskie (No. 36), receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (No. 50) and linebacker David Veikune (No. 52).

Part of the reason is that as of Tuesday afternoon only four second-round draft picks had been signed by two teams, Philadelphia and New England (which had three), according to what appears to be the diligent tracking of macsfootballblog.com. But Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was No. 53, signing a four-year, $3.47 million contract with $1.727 million guaranteed, according to Profootballtalk.com.

The Browns do have sixth-rounder cornerbacks Don Carey and Coye Francies and running back James Davis in the fold, and fourth-round linebacker Kaluka Maiava, although the team never announced Maiava's signing.

The slow pace indicates to some that the Browns are not regarding Friday as the true reporting date. Veterans report on July 31, with the first practice on Aug. 1.

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