It is bad enough in some cases that Browns restricted free agents haven’t signed their deals. Some showed up to the optional OTAs anyway like Jerome Harrison and Lawrence Vickers. Others made the strange decision not to show up. Abe Elam, Matt Roth and D’Qwell Jackson in particular showed peculiar judgement in not showing up with increased competition in their respective areas of the field. I know the situation stinks for them seeing as they have no real leverage or bargaining power. Just ask Matt Roth who even attempted to push the Browns for a trade. Now, the situation appears to be getting worse according to the PD’s Tony Grossi as the Browns will start to reduce their offers if they aren’t signed by June 15th.
Fullback Lawrence Vickers would get about $589,000 instead of the $1.759 million tender. Running back Jerome Harrison would get $593,000. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson would get $704,000. And linebacker Matt Roth would get $770,000 instead of the $1.809 million tender for a five-year player.
Safety Abram Elam, who was also a restricted free agent last year, would get $1.65 million instead of $1.759 million.
At this point, I am just hoping that this won’t cause a lot of unrest throughout the organization. Because of how much Clevelanders love the Browns, the chemistry of every situation seems dire at this point of the year. Granted this situation involving the players is far different (and less toxic) than the conversations we were having this time last year about murals, bus rides and running laps. It is still a mild concern to a lot of fans I talk to.
Obviously this won’t cause issues for all the players involved. I am sure many more will just have to buck up, sign the deals and get used to the fact that because of the way this off-season played out it couldn’t have gone any differently.