The Browns have agreed to terms with inside linebacker Christian Kirksey on his rookie contract, the team announced today.
The four-year deal is worth $3.04 million and includes a signing bonus of $662,500, a league source confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not announced. Aaron Wilson of NationalFootballPost.com first reported the deal.
Kirksey, a third-round draft pick (No. 71 overall) from the University of Iowa, is expected to battle Craig Robertson this summer for the starting inside linebacker spot next to Karlos Dansby.
Kirksey’s coverage skills could give him a leg up. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Kirksey often covered slot receivers in Iowa’s nickel defense.
“What Christian does well is he has very good feet, very good footwork and very good natural instincts to the ball,” Iowa linebackers coach LeVar Woods told the Beacon Journal last month. “He can put his body in a position that most people can’t.”
The Browns have struck deals with two of the six players they drafted this year. Cornerback Pierre Desir, a fourth-round selection, signed his rookie contract last week.