Browns running back Terrance West signed his rookie contract this afternoon.
West broke the news by posting a photograph on Instagram of him signing the deal. The Browns later announced the move.
“IM OFFICIALLY A #CLEVELAND #BROWN NOW!” West wrote on Instagram. “DEAL DONE #DAWGPOUND BABY. JUST THE BEGINNING. MORE TO COME. #BLESSED AND #THANKFUL.”
West received a four-year contract worth $2.796 million, NationalFootballPost.com reported.
Last month, the Browns traded up to draft West in the third round (No. 94 overall). The rookie from Towson University is expected to compete with Ben Tate for the starting running back job. West took first-team reps today while Tate sat out team drills.
The 5-foot-10, 225-pound West believes he’s an ideal fit to run behind the zone-blocking scheme used heavily by new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan because of his one-cut rushing style.
“That’s where I get my money at,” West said last week. “I was doing that at Towson. I’m pretty good and confident in what we’re doing.
“It’s instinct. That’s how I run — one cut and downfield.”
The Browns now have three of their picks from this year's draft under contract: West, linebacker Christian Kirksey (third round) and cornerback Pierre Desir (fourth round). Cornerback Justin Gilbert (first round), quarterback Johnny Manziel (first round) and guard Joel Bitonio (second round) remain unsigned.