Miller Wants To Finish With Browns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Jamir Miller sacked all the trade talk and moved on to the contract.

Cleveland's Pro Bowl linebacker, who was reportedly dangled in trade talks before last week's NFL draft, arrived at this weekend's mini-camp and said he doesn't believe the Browns ever wanted to deal him.

"From what I've been told, that's not true," said Miller, who has two years left on his contract. "I'm here now and I plan to be here for a long time. ... I want to finish my career as a Brown."

Miller was the Browns' best defensive player and had a personal breakout season in 2001. He had 13 sacks and earned a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team -- the first Cleveland player to make it since the Browns returned in 1999.

Last weekend, when the Browns didn't deny that Miller had been involved in trade discussions with other teams, speculation grew that Miller might skip the "voluntary" camp.

But Miller was one of 88 players to report and said his appearance should end any doubts about his commitment to the Browns or the club's to him.

"We're building a winning team here," said Miller, who signed as a free agent with the Browns in '99. "I'm finally seeing we have a chance to win. I'm not jumping ship now. I'm here, this is volunteer. That should say it all."

But it doesn't.

Miller, 28, is scheduled to receive $3.475 million this season, and $3.975 million in 2003, but has told the Browns he wants to restructure his deal.

Miller wouldn't say if that meant an extension or a brand new contract.

"We'll see what happens," Miller said. "I want to finish my career as a Brown. I have two years left on my contract and about seven years left in my legs. And the two don't fit together. The door isn't closed."

His agent, David Dunn, could not be reached for comment.

Dunn could be trying to get Miller a deal similar to the one Jeremiah Trotter signed with Washington. Trotter got a seven-year, $36 million contract with a $7 million signing bonus. Browns coach Butch Davis said he met with Miller on Friday before practice.

"It was very good," Davis said. "It was very positive."

Davis said it was no different on the field as the Browns worked out as a team for the first time since December.

"He was the same Jamir he was last year," Davis said. "He was a leader. He was vocal and did a good job. As far as I'm concerned it's business as usual."

The Browns rewarded kicker Phil Dawson for a doing a good job last season, signing him to a four-year contract.

Dawson, who was a restricted free agent this winter, made 22 of 25 attempts last season and his last 15 in a row. His conversion rate of 88 percent was second in the league to Miami's Olindo Mare (91 percent).

"I'm glad to have Phil back," Davis said. "Last year, he got on a roll and made everything."

Dawson visited Buffalo during free agency, but said he always hoped he would stay with Cleveland.

"I wanted to be here," Dawson said. "My wife wanted to be here. It's a very fair deal for me and the Browns and I'm happy about that."

Cleveland also signed running back Jamel White to a one-year deal.

White led the Browns with five rushing TDs last season, and finished with 443 yards on 126 attempts.

White said he wasn't disappointed at not getting a longer deal.

"For them to have me back, and want me back, that's good enough for me," White said.

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