Browns outside linebacker Matt Roth, a restricted free agent, has asked to be traded, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via Twitter today.
According to Schefter, Roth feels the two sides are ''too far apart on a long-term deal.''
But the Browns hold the leverage on Roth, who was tendered a one-year offer of $1.809 million for this season. Under the rules of restricted free agency, if Roth isn't signed by June 15, the Browns can reduce the offer to 10 percent above Roth's base salary last season, which would reportedly be $770,000.
The same applies to the other four Browns restricted free agents who have yet to sign -- fullback Lawrence Vickers, running back Jerome Harrison, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and safety Abe Elam. Those four have been tendered one-year offers of $1.759 million for 2010.
It doesn't seem likely the Browns will listen to Roth's demands. Picked up off waivers from Miami on Nov. 25, Roth finished with four sacks, which tied for third on the team.
Off-season training activities began in Berea today. General manager Tom Heckert is scheduled to attend the 30th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet at Tangier restaurant tonight.
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