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All quiet on 2nd-round front

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 25, 2009

As of Saturday morning, representatives for rookie receiver Brian Robiskie had not received a call to begin negotiations, even as the team wrapped up a five-year deal with first-rounder Alex Mack in the wee hours Friday night.

Robiskie, a second-round pick from Ohio State selected 36th overall, is expected to compete for the No. 2 receiver spot opposite Braylon Edwards.

While the team began rookie orientation Friday with just four of its eight draft picks attending, the first rookie practice is not scheduled until Tuesday. It remains to be seen whether that spurs the Browns to pick up the pace with their three unsigned second-rounders -- Robiskie, receiver Mohamed Massaquoi of Georgia (No. 50) and linebacker David Veikune of Hawaii (No. 52).

The situation is virtually the same with Massaquoi and Veikune, with little meaningful discussion taking place.

The full squad reporting date is Friday, with the first practice Saturday, Aug. 1, and both sides could regard next weekend as more of a true deadline.

The Browns also hired a new salary cap specialist, Dawn Aponte, which could be changing the pace of negotiations from previous years.

From the second-rounders' perspective, there could still be some hard feelings over the 10-hour bus ride (each way) to Hartford, Conn., to coach Eric Mangini's football camp and other appearances and demands on the rookies' time.


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