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Veikune agrees to terms

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 26, 2009

Browns linebacker David Veikune, the 52nd overall pick from the University of Hawaii, agreed to terms of a four-year contract and was expected to participate in the team's rookie orientation program Sunday, according to a source.

Terms were not disclosed, but according to the Honolulu Advertiser, Veikune received a $3.5 million contract with $1.8 million guaranteed.
Profootballtalk.com reported his signing bonus as just under $1.4 million.

''Probably the most important aspect of the deal was to secure a skill/injury and cap guarantee,'' said Veikune's agent, Ken Zuckerman. ''Other second(-round) contracts were coming in without that and it was very important to us to protect David.''

Zuckerman said Veikune received an increase over last year's 52nd pick and he will get the ''one-timer'' portion of his guaranteed money ($400,000) even if he is hurt or cut.

Veikune, 6-2 and 257 pounds, totalled 16 sacks and 25 tackles for losses in his final two seasons at Hawaii. In 41 career games (15 starts) he recorded 118 tackles (78 solos), 18 sacks and 28 tackles for losses.

Browns general manager George Kokinis raved about Veikune's versatility on draft day.

''He’s got a big-time motor,'' Kokinis said. ''He runs to the football and he can get to the quarterback. The other thing is, he worked as a defensive end there, but at the combine he worked standing up and they dropped him. He’s got that versatility to put his hand in the dirt and get to the quarterback or stand up and work as an outside 'backer. He’s got the size and intelligence to possibly even work inside.

''That versatility, that toughness, that motor, was something we went after. He’s a strong kid, he had a 35 bench (repetitions of 225 pounds) at the combine, he (vertical) jumped 33 inches so he’s got some explosion to him. He had a 28 on the (Wonderlic) test. He’s a smart kid that we could probably use in a lot of positions.''

Veikune's signing will leave just two of eight draft picks left in negotiations. Still unsigned are receivers Brian Robiskie of Ohio State and Mohamed Massaquoi of Georgia, both second-rounders.

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