Daylon McCutcheon signed a five-year contract extension Wednesday that could keep the 27-year-old cornerback in a Browns uniform through 2009.
Other than McCutcheon, only kicker Phil Dawson has been on the Browns roster since the opening game of the 1999 season. During those first five years, the Browns have compiled a 26-55 record.
McCutcheon arrived in training camp wanting an extension in part because he believes better things are in store for the Browns in the next five years.
"If I didn't think that they were going to be better than my first five, I wouldn't want to be here," said McCutcheon, who would have been in the final year . "I'm tired of losing. It's been enough. I'm ready for the good times."
The Browns picked up a $1.3-million roster bonus in March to keep McCutcheon from becoming a free agent. He would have been in the final year of a deal that called for him to make $1.5-million in base salary. Terms of the extension were not released.
Experiencing the good and the bad in Cleveland over five years includes playing on some very different teams in terms of talent. McCutcheon said the differences between 1999 and 2004 are night and day.
"In 1999, we just threw a bunch of guys together and didn't know what was
going to happen," said McCutcheon. "We ended up 2-14 and everyone said,
that's what we expected.' The expectations are much higher now. We're
expecting to go all the way. I don't think we expect anything else. First
round of the playoffs? I'm not going to be happy. Second round of the
playoffs? I'm not going to be happy. I want a ring."
DAVIS GETTING CLOSER - Wide receiver Andre Davis rolled his ankle Sunday, spent Monday wearing a protective boot and Tuesday watching from the sidelines.
With a huge sigh of relief, the starting wide receiver said he is now almost completely healthy. The frustrating memories of a lingering hamstring injury during last year's training camp are still fresh in his mind.
"I thought about that," said Davis. "This injury didn't feel as bad as it did last year. I just wanted to make sure I didn't rush this one back instead of coming back to early, hurting it again and then missing another three or four days."
Davis said his ankle is 95-percent healthy, and that was enough to allow him to return to practice full-go on Wednesday.
THE ROOKIE SAID - "Work hard. No mental errors. Catch everything thrown to you. Make yourself indispensable so you don't get cut." - Rookie wide receiver Richard Alston on what offensive coordinator Terry Robiske said he needs to do to make the Browns final roster.
STUDY TIME - Asked what he has been doing to improve his play at defensive tackle, Gerard Warren pulled a DVD of highlights out of a cubby hole in his locker.
"Studying," he said.
Actually, some of the highlights on the disc might also be considered "low" lights. Warren has been watching his past play with a critical eye.
"I'm going in to study, to see what I can find and what to add to my game," said Warren. "I'm learning how important your hands are on the defensive line - I'm trying to make my hands more a part of my game."
Wednesday morning was not as kind to Jackson.
The third-year receiver dropped a pass from Garcia that hit him right between the numbers. The former college quarterback also tossed a wounded duck high into the air on a reverse pass. The attempt to hit streaking tight end Aaron Shea on a post pattern was easily intercepted by safety Earl Little.
"(Jackson) has the strongest arm on the team," said Garcia. "He just doesn't know where it is going."
Those plays haven't injured Garcia's opinion of the young receiver.
"Frisman has done a great job catching the football," said Garcia. "He is a big receiver. His hands have been outstanding during training camp. It seems like everything and anything that is close to him, he is bringing it in."
ONE MORE, THEN ON TO ROCHESTER - The Browns will practice only in the Morning Thursday, then leave for Rochester, N.Y. and two days of practice with the Buffalo Bills.