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Montario Hardesty, Browns agree to terms

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 26, 2010
Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty runs the ball during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. Hardesty ran for 179 yards and three touchdown in the 30-24 Tennessee overtime win. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Rookie running back Montario Hardesty and the Browns have agreed to terms of a four-year deal, the team announced Monday.

A league source told the Beacon Journal that Hardesty's deal is for four years and worth a maximum of $3.37 million, including $1.57 million guaranteed and a $1 million signing bonus.

The Browns chose Hardesty in the second round (59th overall) of this year's draft. He ran for 1,345 yards and 13 touchdowns during his senior season at the University of Tennessee. Hardesty was acquired in the draft when the Browns trade a third-round pick and two fifth-round picks to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hardesty, 6-foot, 225 pounds, is expected to compete in training camp against veteran Jerome Harrison to become the Browns' featured running back.


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