It took some negotiating in the media, but William Green on Saturday
agreed to a seven-year contract that could void to five years.
Browns spokesman Todd Stewar, speaking for team president Carmen Policy, said at 3 p.m. Saturday that Green had rejected a five-year contract worth $7.85 million that didn't include voidable years. The total package for five years of the deal Green agreed to is believed to be the same figure.
Green was not at the team's facility Saturday night, but he's expected to be on the field when the team practices today at 3:30. Shortly before the deal was consummated, coach Butch Davis hinted that something positive could be in the offing. After the contract was signed, Davis was pleased to have the main ingredient of his running game in place.
"I'm glad the deal is done," Davis said. "I felt confident everything
would work out. The upside is William will be here for a significant amount
of training camp."
Policy said on Friday that he expected Green to be on the practice field no later than Sunday. He was disappointed earlier on Saturday when Green turned down the team's offer.
"We look forward to having the player into camp and are hoping that his performance is consistent with the structure and content of his financial package."
NOT A WORRY: Quarterback Tim Couch sat out Saturday's morning practice to rest his right elbow. He participated in all drills in the afternoon.
Because of the large amount of balls Couch threw in the early stages of recent camps, he developed tendonitis in his right elbow. The plan this year is to give Couch a rest at times, making sure he doesn't begin to suffer similar problems.
"It's nothing to worry about," Couch said.
GETTING STRONGER: Davis talked throughout the offseason about the progress many players made in the weight room under the direction of first-year conditioning coach Buddy Morris. Running back Jamel White, whose upper body is well-muscled, put a strong block on linebacker Jamir Miller.
"Those things are by-products of what happened with the strength-and-conditioning program for the last four or five months," Davis said. "I would say probably a year ago that that block wouldn't happen."
A DAY OFF: Linebacker Earl Holmes was an observer for both of Saturday's practice. It marked the third straight day that Holmes was held out of drills to rest a knee he had surgery on in June. Offensive guard Tre Johnson practiced in the morning, but he took it easy in the afternoon.
THE BOSS: Browns Owner Al Lerner watched most of the afternoon practice. Lerner's health has been a mystery to the media and public since he underwent a medical procedure on his brain in the spring of last year.
BIG PLAY: Receiver Kevin Johnson had the large crowd attending practice Saturday morning cheering with a one-handed, diving catch. Second-string quarterback Kelly Holcomb made the throw.