Cleveland Browns Relieved to Sign Rookie Barkevious Mingo
The Cleveland Browns have to be relieved to finally sign rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who was the sixth overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, to a contract. Not having a deal done had to be worrisome for the organization considering training camp is right around the corner. The last thing the Browns needed was not to have one of its potential bright stars unable to be fully prepared for the upcoming season because he missed crucial time in camp.
Cleveland has now signed all of their rookies after Mingo inked the four-year, $16 million deal. That means the team is all set to absorb as much information as possible and utilize it on the practice field so that they are ready for when the regular season starts. If the Browns want to climb out of the AFC North cellar, they will need everyone in camp working together as a single oiled machine.
The Browns are hoping that the former defensive end who has been converted to an outside linebacker in their base 3-4 defense will be able to use his speed to get to opposing quarterbacks on a consistent basis. Even though he worked with the second team defense in the spring, many expect him to win out the starting job and become an effective pass rusher in his rookie year. Obviously, a lot of that will depend on what he accomplishes in training camp.
In 40 career games at LSU, Mingo recorded a whopping 119 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 27 quarterback hurries, 11 passed defended and 15 sacks.