BEREA - Even with Jamir Miller hoping to cash in on last year's Pro Bowl season by renegotiating his contract, the Browns are confident the veteran strongside linebacker will report for training camp Friday.
Miller had hinted earlier in the summer that he might consider holding out until the Browns re-worked his contract.
"We have reason to be slightly better than cautiously optimistic that Jamir will be here on Friday, that the situation will be resolved and that he will be ready to go 100-percent," said Browns president Carmen Policy. "We both will come out of it thinking that the right thing was done and pay attention to the 2002 season, then worry about 2003 when it comes around."
Policy said the Browns may be willing to re-work the back end of Miller's contract.
Meanwhile, the Browns have made extending Kevin Johnson's contract past 2002 one of their top priorities.
"We are trying to re-do Kevin Johnson's contract, and we will get to that when William Green is signed," said Policy.
"I'd say it is a high priority. We want Kevin on the team. We want to get it done so that he not only has a clear head for this season, but so that we as an organization know that he is going to be with us for several more seasons. It has to be done right, and it has to be done consistent with our view of where the team is from a salary-cap and financial standpoint, and where he fits into that."