The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year contract with rookie defensive tackle Billy Winn, a league source told the Beacon Journal this morning.
The terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
The Browns drafted Winn in the sixth round (No. 205 overall) out of Boise State. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Winn started 39 of 40 games during the past three seasons. He compiled 33 tackles, including eight for loss and three sacks, last season as a senior.
The majority of Winn’s collegiate experience was at defensive tackle, though he played some end, too. He played defensive tackle and lined up as a three-technique this morning during the first practice of the Browns’ rookie minicamp.
“I think anybody has to come in and fight for respect,” Winn said today after practice. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from. This is the next level. It doesn’t matter where you came from. You’ve gotta come in and earn respect and show that you’re a comnpetitor.”
Of course, with starting defensive tackle Phil Taylor hurt, Winn is one of the players who could receive significant playing time this year. Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle Thursday while bench pressing and will have surgery in the middle of next week, coach Pat Shurmur said. He could miss the upcoming season.