The Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year contract with rookie defensive tackle John Hughes, his agent, Vince Calo, announced this afternoon on Twitter.
The deal is worth about $2.7 million, a league source told the Beacon Journal.
The Browns drafted Hughes in the third round (No. 87 overall) out of Cincinnati. The 6-foot-2½, 309-pound Hughes started 12 games last season as a senior and compiled 51 tackles, including 12½ for loss, five sacks and a blocked field goal.
“He makes plays for a defensive tackle,” Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said after he drafted Hughes. “Some guys can hold the point and just be big bodies in there. But this guy gets off [blocks], and he makes tackles. … He is not a great pass rusher, but I think he can get better there. He is a really good run player.”