CANTON — Ed Reed smiled when the million-dollar Butch Davis question came up.

Reed was in town with Kevin Mawae for orientation. They are part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 that will be enshrined this summer.

Reed was quite aware he was sitting in Browns country, hardly surprised by the question: Why did Davis, who had coached Reed with the Miami Hurricanes before becoming coach in Cleveland, pass on him in the 2002 draft.

"I never really thought about why coach didn't draft me," Reed said. "I never asked him. It was never a thing for me. It was always a thing where ... that team would pay.

"Obviously, they did pay more than anybody."

Reed was in a good mood throughout a 25-minute chat. He has no animosity toward William Green, the running back Davis drafted at No. 16 overall in 2002 with Reed still available (The Baltimore Ravens took him later in the first round).

Elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year eligible, Reed returned 64 career interceptions for an NFL-record 1,590 yards.

In his first game against the Browns, he intercepted a Tim Couch pass. His next two seasons brought interceptions for touchdowns against Browns QBs Kelly Holcomb and Jeff Garcia (the latter an NFL-record 106 yards). He would sting Derek Anderson, Charlie Frye, Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden in subsequent games against the Browns.

Green's career was over after four troubled seasons.

Reed said he "had a feeling" he would be drafted by either the Browns or Ravens.

"My thinking was, if it's about football, it won't be a problem," he said. "But to me, after going to the combine and stuff like that, it was about more than football ... in which they can't figure that part out."

Reed sensed an odd approach by the Browns before the 2002 draft.

"To me, testing people and asking them questions to try to figure out people ... you're not going to figure them out that way, because there's so much growth they've got to go through. I was turned off by a lot of that, and that probably affected it. I didn't take the Wonderlic test serious, and that came back years later, not to haunt me, but ..."

The situation was more complicated than would fit in one sitting. Reed left the topic by saying, "I found myself in a dark room with one guy who was asking questions ..."

Ironically, Reed's favorite figure from football history is Cleveland icon Jim Brown.

"I was a huge Jim Brown fan," he said. "I was wearing a throwback jersey with his number on it when I was a Baltimore rookie, going to meet some fans. I was wearing that jersey. I'm getting booed, and I'm like ... it's Jim Brown."

Reed became known as a playmaker and a leader. His reputation and energy led to an invitation to speak to the Browns prior to the 2018 season.

"I'm in a car and the driver was from Cleveland," Reed said. "We're talking about the Browns. He's like, 'We might win two more games than we won last year.'

"I said, 'Man, your attitude is terrible. You guys actually look pretty decent.'

"So I went into the facility and I was talking to the rookies. I said, 'You get caught up in that attitude, and you'll just ride that energy wave as long as you're here, and that's what you're going to achieve. Be the group that changes it to a championship mentality.

"Set a championship standard. Are you going to encourage each other? Take care of each other?' And as I'm saying that, Baker and those guys are taking notes."

The Browns didn't pass on Baker Mayfield.

Extra points

• The Browns were linked to Baltimore Ravens four-time Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley and Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby on Monday after the free-agent negotiating period opened at noon. On Tuesday morning, NFL Network reported Mosley and the New York Jets agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract, which includes $51 million guaranteed. The network also reported the Browns' interest in Roby and identified the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Broncos as suitors.

• The Buffalo Bills reached an agreement to sign free-agent cornerback Kevin Johnson, according to multiple reports. The former first-round draft pick had visited the Bills, Browns and Jets last week after being cut by the Houston Texans.

• The Browns announced Monday they terminated the contract of veteran tight end Darren Fells. Their plan to do so had been reported Sunday.

— Nate Ulrich