NFL News: Browns Close to Inking Brandon Weeden

The Cleveland Browns are on the verge of signing first-round quarterback Brandon Weeden per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

With the Browns coming to terms with running back Trent Richardson late Monday night, and rookies set to report to Berea on Tuesday, the two parties reportedly met to hash out a deal which is said to be finalized in the coming hours.

Weeden is scheduled to receive a four-year deal worth about $8.1 million under the NFL’s new rookie wage slotting system. The 29-year-old has been positioning himself for a fully-guaranteed four-year contract despite the precedent set by prior years. The Browns preferred to guarantee the first three seasons of the deal. In all likelihood, they’ll meet in the middle, though the impasse in the Richardson contract negotiations wound up being won by the player.

It is expected that, despite the continued presence of Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden will be the Browns starting quarterback during the team’s Week 1 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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  • Natedawg86

    How do you meet in the middle of 3 and 4 guaranteed years? 3.5?

  • brownseg3

    Yes. Others have already signed contracts with 1/2 guaranteed years

  • dt91nmj

    Perhaps H&H won’t be so quick to annoint draft picks as starters during the post-draft press conference.

  • Natedawg86

    Seriously? Holy crap I have never heard of that

  • Jim

    Weeden knows once the real game begins hes on Injured Reserve so he wants all his money.

  • maxfnmloans

    and there was much rejoicing!