Rookie Contracts: Exclusive Details

Adam Caplan reveals the nature of the deals the Browns gave their rookies to get them in...'s Adam Caplan reports that the Cleveland Browns rookies received similarly structured deals, as the Browns organization successfully navigated them all into training camp before it started on Wednesday.

All rookies recieved four-year deals with the same minimum base salaries:

(08) $295,000 (09) $385,000 (10) $470,000 (11) $555,000

As one would expect, the key differences in the deals were in the the players' signing bonuses. Fourth-round pick Beau Bell obtained a signing bonus of a little over $493,000. Martin Rucker, taken later in the round, received a signing bonus just short of $474,000. Ahtyba Rubin's signing bonus was around $92,400, and Paul Hubbard received around $91,000.

Also, all of their rookies have a $1.2 million escalator for the 2011 season. This escalator is based on getting 35% snaps on the side of the ball they play in two of the first three years of the deal. They must participate in about 80% of OTAs each year or they lose $100,000 for each year if they reach the escalator.

So, even if the rookies make the $1.2 million, any of them could lose up to $300,000 of it for not meeting OTA workout requirements.

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