Running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden are two of 14 first-round picks from this year’s draft who have yet to sign their rookie contracts.
Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said he hasn’t talked to the agents for either player for a while, but he still expects both deals to be completed in time for training camp. The Browns’ rookies are scheduled to report to camp on July 24 and the veterans are set to do the same on July 26. Camp opens to the public on July 28.
“Oh, yeah, I’m sure they will [be in camp on time],” Heckert said this afternoon during a conference call. “There’s a lot of guys unsigned left, so they’ll start falling into place here pretty soon, right before camp starts. But, yeah, they’ll both be here.”
Richardson, the third overall pick, has repeatedly said he’s waiting for the top two selections, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, to sign before completing his deal. Griffin recently told the Washington Post he hopes to sign his contract done in time to report to the Redskins on Monday.
Weeden, the 22nd overall pick, appeared to be itching for a resolution as he discussed the status of his contract June 29 during the NFL Rookie Symposium PLAY 60 Youth Football Clinic in Berea.
“What’s the politically correct answer here?” Weeden said. “I wish it was done, but I don’t know. It’ll get done. We’re working. It takes two sides, though.”
When asked whether he’s confident he’ll be in camp on time, Weeden said, “I hope so.”