The Browns have taken their first dip into the free-agent pond, and have landed one of the bigger fishes on the open market, The Insiders have learned.
Kenard Lang, who visited Cleveland yesterday, has reached an agreement in principle on an undisclosed contract, sources said.
Bernie's Insiders will have full contract details within the hour.
UPDATE 3:10 ET -- The deal reached between Lang and the Browns is for five years and $17 million and includes a signing bonus of $3.5 million.
The signing of Lang almost officially ends the two-year tenure of fellow DE Keith McKenzie in Cleveland.
WONG UPDATE: Even as Kailee Wong is in Houston visiting the Texans, his agent has begun tossing around numbers with the Browns, The Insiders have learned.
While Steve Baker would not discuss the specific numbers being tossed, he did confirm that initial talks have commenced.
"Yes, we have begun discussions with the Browns regarding a contract," the agent told The Insiders early this afternoon. "[Kailee] had a very, very good visit with Cleveland, and we'll see if the numbers line up."
Baker added that Wong would like to have a new team within the next 48 hours, and, barring an unexpected change of heart, will only visit Cleveland and Houston.
THE SAGA OF TERRY: While several teams, including the Browns, have inquired about acquiring Terry Glenn from the Patriots, the wide receiver's demand for a new contract has left trade talks at a standstill. It's believed that Glenn, in exchange for dropping his grievance against New England and clearing the path for a deal, would like a new contract that includes a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $7 million. That's almost exactly the dollar figure he would lose if he dropped the grievance. If Glenn continues to demand such a contract, you can almost bet the farm that Cleveland will quietly drop what little interest they have remaining. "Like I said, don't hold your breath waiting for this one to happen," a Browns source told The Insiders. In addition to the Browns, the Raiders, Chiefs, Bucs and Panthers have spoken with Glenn's agent, James Gould, who has received permission from the Patriots to shop his client.
TURNPIKE TANGO: The on-the-field rivalry between the Browns and the Steelers could turn into a battle off of it. Guard/tackle Oliver Ross is set to visit the Browns today and, if Cleveland signs the restricted free agent to an offer sheet, the Steelers would have seven days to either match the offer or receive Cleveland's fifth-round pick as compensation.