Adkins: What We've Been Told

Lane brings it yet again, filling in the OBR faithful on the pace of rookie talks and just what was up with all of the pre-draft Quinn trade talk.

- Contract talks were very quiet between the Cleveland Browns and reps for the 2009 draft class in the past weeks. Quiet to the point that a couple of the player reps were somewhat concerned about the lack of activity. Apparently, enough groundwork was laid by the team as the organization has been full-throttle over the past week in discussions with their second-day draft selections.

- The Browns are engaging in some sort of dialogue with each of their 2009 second-day picks; DB Don Carey has agreed to terms, while fellow DB Coye Francies should be locked-up within the next 48 hours as the two sides put the finishing touches and the language of the deal.  

- The Browns third selection in the second round, LB David Veikune, is finally engaged in negotiations.

- Contract discussions with the top three selections by the Browns in the draft, C Alex Mack, WR Brian Robiskie and WR Mohamed Massaquoi, have been conducted at less than a snails pace. The Browns are preparing to enter the initial, preliminary discussion stage, although no agreement is in sight for any of the three.

- Immediately following the 2009 draft, information leaked that the Browns had an offer on the table to deal QB Brady Quinn for a first-round pick. Within the speculation was Quinn being targeted by a team and by the Browns for a top-15 selection in the first round. Despite this speculation, an extremely informed member of the organization tells theOBR there was no such deal in place or on the table for Quinn.  

- WR Braylon Edwards vows to return to his 2007 season form this year. Full of confidence following a disappointing season, Edwards has developed a solid relationship with head coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in recent months, and the WR has spent more time in the Cleveland area this off-season than in years past.

- WR Donte Stallworth, suspended indefinitely by the league after his guilty plea to DUI manslaughter charges in Florida, would like to join the team this summer. Presently, Stallworth is not expected at training camp, but the veteran receiver is expected to address NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in hopes of being permitted to work with the team this summer, while on suspension.

- The ongoing contract saga between the Browns and Josh Cribbs has yet to find a resolution. Cribbs wants a new deal and is not likely to report to training camp without one. On the organization side of the fence, the decision makers remain reluctant to renegotiate the long-term contract Cribbs inked. The Browns organization is open to discuss the situation with the player and rep, but remain inclined to stay the course and not offer the special teams ace a new deal. 

- Kicker Phil Dawson remains at odds with the organization over his contract and is expected to hold out of training camp if a new deal is not struck. Dawson, one of the most reliable kickers in the game, seeks a new deal which would place his salary in line with some of the noted kickers in the game. One of the nicest people you will find in the game, the stance taken by Dawson and his agent is a difficult one for the player, as he is the ultimate team player and captain.


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