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CB Daylon McCutcheon told reporters today that the "wheels are in motion" on a contract extension which will keep him with the Browns following the 2004 season. The team has expressed to McCutcheon a desire to keep him in Cleveland and work with his agent, Marvin Demoff, on a new contract.
The veteran corner is one of the few remaining members of the Browns organization from the expansion year of 1999. With his deal running out after his sixth season, McCutcheon has expressed a strong desire to remain in Cleveland over the past months.
Despite the team's tendency to let go veterans acquired prior to the Butch Davis era, McCutcheon has expressed a desire for a new contract over the past several months.
He is optimistic that a new deal will get done in the near future. "I want to stay here", McCutcheon said, "I'm having fun, I've come to love this city... I don't want to be one of those guys who bounce around the NFL."
The first sign of the team's interest in retaining McCutcheon came earlier this year, when the cornerback was paid a $1.3 million roster bonus.
"I was kind of surprised", McCutcheon said of the roster bonus, "But I did get the bonus and then, after that, I didn't really concentrate on anything else".
Head Coach Butch Davis has also talked to the cornerback a number of times to reassure him that the team was interested in keeping him around as part of the club.
"I know that I'm not always going to be the starter", McCutcheon said, as he evoked his hope of winning a Super Bowl with the Browns,
"One of these days, they're going to get that big 6'3" corner they want... they've been saying I'm too small since I got here. That's going to happen, but I don't care what my role is - I want to win a championship."
As he held his 18-month old son in his arms in the locker room, McCutcheon talked about how contract negotiations can be a distraction for players, and about how he hoped to build financial security for himself and his family. "Because of my son", McCutcheon said, "and because we plan on having more kids, you want financial security".