BEREA - Negotiations between the Cleveland Browns and first-round pick William Green have officially turned ugly.
Green and agent Tom Condon rejected the Browns offer of $7.85-million Friday afternoon. According to a source close to the Browns, Condon is believed to be asking for close to a $1-million more in total dollar value than the current offer.
Condon's counter offer blindsided the Browns front office. The team believed their offer was more than fair. The Browns were willing pay Green an increase of almost 10-percent over the contract signed by last year's 16th selection, Santana Moss. Six-percent of the increase is guaranteed money.
What appears to be at the sticking point in the negotiations is the structure of the contract which has numerous performance based incentives built into the first-three seasons. With Green all but assured of a roster spot in the first-three seasons, the incentives installled into the contract offer from the Browns are believed to be pointless.
It has become obvious that Condon is looking for guaranteed money from the Browns rather than what is believed to be an aggressive incentive based plan.
Condon is asking for an increase of almost 14.5-percent according to the numbers supplied to Bernies Insiders this afternoon in comparision to the deal the Browns have offered. According to the Browns, the average increase among first-round picks who have already signed is close to 3-percent over last year.
Bernies Insiders' source said the team has offered Green a larger first-year salary and more money over the first three years than Moss received last year.