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Browns, rookie receiver Carlton Mitchell agree to four-year contract

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 7, 2010

The Browns and rookie receiver Carlton Mitchell reached an agreement on a four-year contract, Mitchell's agent, Christina Phillips, wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon Journal on Wednesday.

Phillips declined to disclose the financial terms of the contract. The Browns could not confirm the deal because they have yet to receive a signed contract from Mitchell, team spokesman Neal Gulkis confirmed.

The Browns drafted Mitchell, pictured left, in the sixth round (177th overall). He started 18 games at the University of South Florida, where he compiled 105 career receptions for 1,648 yards and nine touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Mitchell impressed Browns coach Eric Mangini earlier this summer during organized team activities and training camp.

"With Carlton, from the first day we got him to where he is now, there’s been a lot of good steps," Mangini said. "He’s going to get in that area where he’s confused with things because it’s a whole new world, but there are some real positive things that he has done."

Last week, rookie defensive lineman Clifton Geathers, the Browns' second pick of the sixth round (186th overall), signed a four-year deal with a base salary of $1.79 million, according to the NFL Players Association.

The Browns' other six 2010 draft picks -- cornerback Joe Haden, safety T.J. Ward, running back Montario Hardesty, quarterback Colt McCoy, offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao and safety Larry Asante -- have yet to agree to deals.

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