The Cleveland Browns have officially worked out a contract deal for Trent Richardson. He was the 3rd selection in this year’s draft, and the Browns traded up one slot to select him. The organization and fans have great expectations for the former Alabama star who went to two national championship games and has been highly touted as the best running back since Adrian Peterson.
According to sources with knowledge to the situation, the contract will pay Trent Richardson base salaries of $390,000 in 2012, $1.321 million in 2013, $2.252 million in 2014, and $3.184 million in 2015. He also got a signing bonus of $13.341 million, and the contract is fully guaranteed.
The Cleveland Browns are also trying to get a deal done with their 22nd pick in this year’s draft, quarterback Brandon Weeden. The Browns clearly want to revamp their offense, and no better place to look, but to the running back and quarterback positions. Brandon Weeden wants his 4-year contract to be fully guaranteed like Trent Richardson’s was. And for good reason.
Cleveland has been through so many quarterbacks in the past decade, it could make Browns fans heads explode. Brandon excelled in a fantastic college system at Oklahoma State, and his fellow teammate and new Jacksonville Jaguar, Justin Blackmon ran circles around soft secondaries last season. I’m not taking away from Brandon, but he may take a little longer to progress and fully understand the game at NFL speed. Cleveland certainly doesn’t want to deal with another Brady Quinn or Colt McCoy.
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