2006: Contract and Rehab Updates

Updates on Bodden, Droughns, Bryant, Edwards, and Winslow

As the 2005 season winds to a close, the Browns front office and some players are already preparing for 2006. Here are some updates on contract negotiations and injury status from BerniesInsiders.com beat writer Fred Greetham:

CRENNEL ON ANTONIO BRYANT: Crennel was asked about two starters who have issues with contracts, namely WR Antonio Bryant and Reuben Droughns

Bryant leads the team in receptions with 51 catches for 750 yards, but has dropped some passes.

"Antonio hasn't been everything we wanted, primarily because of the drops," Crennel said. "If he catches those balls, we're pleased. He has some inconsistencies. He'll have to work on those inconsistencies. He's not a bad receiver, he leads our team."

CRENNEL ON REUBEN DROUGHNS: Droughns has another year left on his contract, but would like to get his contract re-done. He has rushed for over 1100 yards, which is the most by a Browns running back in 20 years.

"He's shown he's a team player and has been consistent," Crennel said. "That's some of the things we were looking for in him."

LEIGH BODDEN ON HIS CONTRACT: CB Leigh Bodden was asked about his contract status as he's a restricted free agent.

"I'm not worried about my contract, right now," he said. "I'm worried about the next three games."

Bodden said he feels he's proven he can start in the NFL.

"I feel like I've shown I can be a starter in this league," he said.

Last week, Bodden held Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson to just two receptions.


KELLEN WINSLOW UPDATE: Kellen Winslow was in the locker room, smiling and he appeared very upbeat. He was walking without a limp and looked good.

BRAYLON EDWARDS UPDATE: Meanwhile, Edwards was also in the locker room. He was upbeat but said the doctors are still waiting for the swelling to go down in his knee in order to repair his torn ACL.


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