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Browns agree to deal with rookie QB Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 24, 2012

Cleveland Browns first round pick quarterback Brandon Weeden, left, poses with general manager Tom Heckert at the NFL football team's headquarters in Berea, Ohio Friday, April 27, 2012. Weeden was taken with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

The Browns have agreed to a four-year contract with rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal this afternoon.

Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft who's in line to become the Browns' starting quarterback, received a deal worth about $8.1 million. As with all first-round picks, the contract includes a fifth-year team option.

Weeden was seeking a fully guaranteed contract, something players selected in the second half of the first round rarely get. The first three years of Weeden's deal are fully guaranteed, and $900,000 is guaranteed in the fourth year, Adam Caplan of reported.

The Browns’ rookies are scheduled to report to training camp today and practice Wednesday. With Weeden striking a deal this afternoon and running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick, doing the same late Monday night, the Browns should have all 11 members of their 2012 draft class in camp on time.

Veterans are set to report Thursday, and the first full-squad practice will be held Friday. Camp opens to the public Saturday.


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