William Green walked onto the practice field to a loud cheer from the
large crowd that watched Sunday's practice in grueling heat.
Green officially ended a holdout that cost him six practice sessions on
Saturday. He flew in from Florida on Sunday morning, signed a seven-year, $7.85 million contract and was on the field at 3:30 p.m.
Green participated in team and individual drills, but he wasn't ready for
the two-minute drill. He made a favorable first impression when he broke
through on an inside running drill, but linebacker Anthony Denman then
welcomed him to the NFL with a few hard hits.
"It's a little different than when you're sitting down and looking at it
on paper," Green said. "I have to get out there and get a feel for it. Today
was my first day, and I'm a little rusty. I'm just going to work on it."
Carmen Policy gave details of Green's contract, which can be voided to
five years if he has a 1,000-yard rushing season in any of his first three
years in the NFL. The signing bonus is $5.7 million, an increase of 14
percent compared to the bonus given to New York Jets receiver Santana Moss, the 16th pick last year. Escalator clauses in the deal could increase Green's base salary to $2 million in year four and $3.5 million in the fifth year.
Money wasn't on the mind of coach Butch Davis after practice.
"I'm going to speak a little bit out of turn, but I'm going to say that
the first three or four years of the contract were basically what everybody
was pretty much shooting for," Davis said. "In the grand scheme of things,
when you start talking about what might be realistic in year five … in year
five I hope they still have the NFL."
UP NEXT: With the hassle of Green's contract out of the way, the Browns
will try to satisfy the contract demands of linebacker Jamir Miller and
receiver Kevin Johnson.
Policy said that the Miller situation has been virtually settled. Johnson
is represented by Tom Condon, the same agent that handled Green's
negotiations. Policy indicated that Lal Heneghan, assistant director of
football operations, might be calling Condon in the near future to step up
talks concerning Johnson.
"If everything calms down to normal fashion, I wouldn't be surprised if
they're on the phone talking by next Wednesday," Policy said. "Kevin knows this is his last season, so there is more inspiration for him to make this one of his best seasons. We're looking for him to become part of the
long-term answer to what we want to get done."
GETTING IT ON: The team will have a 60-play scrimmage today beginning at 3:30. Possessions will start at the 30-yard line. If the offense doesn't get a first down, the ball will return to the 30.
The first units will get the first 12 plays, followed by the second and
third units. The final two series will consist of a combination of players
from the first three teams.
OFF DAY: J.J. Johnson, who's vying for time at fullback, sat out Sunday's
practice with a neck "burner." Johnson had a brace around his neck, but the injury isn't considered serious.
NOT BAD: Davis was pleaded to see Tim Couch lead the way to a touchdown during the two-minute drill.
"Tim (Couch) took it down and scored," Davis said. "You didn't see that happen much last year."
ON IR: Receiver Dimitrius Breedlove was waived because of a hamstring injury. If he isn't claimed, he will be placed on IR.