Browns no closer to deal with Richardson

Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson remains the highest drafted player yet to sign his contract, and with the way things are right now, a deal doesn't appear any closer to being finalized.

Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson remains the highest drafted player yet to sign with his NFL team, the Cleveland Browns.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that there has been "no movement yet on a deal for No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson even though the two players drafted ahead of him, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, have signed their four-year deals."

Richardson is expected to make $20.4 million over four years, including a $13.4 million signing bonus.

So why the delay?

The problem is in regard to "offset language" in a contract. "Offset language" allows the team that drafted a player to save money in case the player is released and signs with another team while still owed money by his original team, according to The Plain Dealer.

In Richardson's case, as cleanly laid out in the article, if the Browns owed him $4 million and he was released and signed with another team for $3 million, Cleveland would only owe the running back $1 million, which is the difference between what they owed him and his new salary, if the Browns were able to get this "offset language" in the rookie contract. Without "offset language," they'd owe the running back $4 million no matter what the new team paid him.

Friday, Richardson's agent Jimmy Sexton got a deal for former Alabama safety Mark Barron with the Buccaneers that did not have any offset provision, so maybe now things will heat up for Richardson's deal.

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