Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden reiterated Monday that he will sign his rookie contract before training camp starts in late July.
Weeden, the 22nd overall pick, and running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick, are the only members of the Browns’ 2012 draft class who have yet to sign their rookie deals. Of course, they’re also the team’s only first-round selections this year.
“I’m ready to sign it,” Weeden told the Beacon Journal Monday during the 13th annual Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Tournament at Firestone Country Club. “I’m not going to miss any time. I’m going to sign before [training] camp. It’s just nitpick stuff, but we’ll get it done. I’ll get it done.”
Richardson also believes his deal is close to being final.
“As far as the business side, I think it’s pretty much wrapped up,” Richardson told 92.3 The Fan during the golf outing. “I think everything is pretty much done. There’s just some language in there that they have to get done. But as far as business-wise, it’s pretty much done.”
The new collective bargaining agreement has streamlined the process of drafted rookies signing with their teams. Still, Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor, the 21st overall pick in 2011, missed the first four practices of training camp last year because his contract was not done.
Weeden, though, has made it clear for some time that he does not intend to follow suit.
“I’d have signed two weeks ago if I could have,” Weeden told reporters on May 22. “I’m not going to hold out. We just want what’s fair for me. My agent’s doing that. I haven’t even talked to [the Browns] about it. Whenever the day comes, I’ll sign the paper and go on about it.”
The Browns will resume organized team activities today in Berea.
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