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Report: Browns, Richardson close to a deal

Report: Browns, Richardson close to a deal Report: Browns, Richardson close to a deal

The Browns and Trent Richardson, the team's first pick in this past April's NFL Draft, are close to a deal, according to The Plain Dealer.

The paper says the running back from Alabama is in town and ready to report to camp which starts Wednesday for the rookies.

The stumbling block in negotiations is offset language.  If the Browns cut Richardson before his deal is up, the team would only pay the difference in the contracts.  For example, if a team signs Richardson to a $4 million deal and his deal for the Browns would have been $5 million, the Browns would only owe Richardson $1 million.

The only player drafted in the top 10 with offset language is Buffalo's Stephon Gilmore, who was taken tenth.

The Browns also have not signed quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was taken 22nd overall.  Weeden wants a four-year deal that is full guaranteed.

The first full team workout of the summer is Saturday at 8:45 A.M.

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