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Browns Rookies Have Reported, But Their Top Four Picks Have Not Signed

Written by Daniel Wolf
Article originally posted on Dawg Scooper: An Unofficial Cleveland Browns News Source
(This article was written before Alex Mack signed his five-year contract on Saturday, July 25.)

NFL football has officially started in Cleveland.

Well kind of.

The Cleveland Browns may have finished last in the AFC North in 2008 but they are the first team to begin training camp in 2009 with their rookies reporting to camp on Friday.

All other players are to report to camp on August 1st for the first official day of Browns training camp as an entire team.

The problem with the rookies reporting is that not all of them are signed to contracts and unless they have signed, then they cannot report.

Of the rookies that have been signed and have reported are all of the second day picks: LB Kaluka Maiava, CB Coye Francies, CB Don Carey and RB James Davis.

The most notable rookies that have not signed are all of the teams first day selections which are: C Alex Mack, WR Brian Robiskie, WR Mohamed Massaquoi and DE/LB David Veikune.

Reports out of the Browns training facility have said that Mack is currently in Cleveland and trying to work out his deal so that he will be able to practice with the other signed rookies. Rumors state that the only thing keeping Mack from signing on the dotted line is the amount of guaranteed money involved.

Also, the Browns have also reported that negotiations with Robiskie, Massaquoi and Veikune have not gone well at all and are at a stand still.

Not good.

The Browns need to get all of their rookies signed immediately because they will only help the team in 2009, especially Mack and Robiskie, who are already being projected as starters come opening day against the Minnesota Vikings.

Fans will have to hope and pray that the team can get all of its rookies signed in time for the entire teams first practice at 8:45AM on August 1.

If the Browns know what's good for them, then they will have their negotiators work 24 hour shifts in order to get these guys signed in time because if they cannot then that may be a sign of what's to come in 2009.

1 comment:

  1. Press reports are notoriously suspect when it comes to contract negotiations in professional sports. Veikune signed this morning. Mack signed yesterday morning. I guarantee that Robiskie will sign by August 1. Mohammed will likely as well, although my concern is primarily with Brian. Go Browns!