Browns top pick Barkevious Mingo still unsigned, will report on Friday

7/18/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThanks to the implementation of the league’s new collective bargain agreement in 2011, rookie contract holdouts appear to be a thing of the past. There isn’t much flexibility left in rookie contract negotiations with the rookie wage scale in place. However, the “offset language” in contracts for top draft picks seems to be newest feature of the negotiations that can delay rookie signings.
 
With rookies reporting to Berea on Friday, ahead of the Cleveland Browns’ training camp which begins next week, the team still hasn’t signed three of their 2013 draft picks. The Browns’ first-round linebacker Barkevious Mingo (Louisiana State), third-round cornerback Leon McFadden (San Diego State) and seventh-round defensive lineman Armonty Bryant (East Central University) still remain unsigned. Out of those three, only No.6 overall pick Barkevious Mingo’s contract has been delayed due to difference over offset language.
 
The Browns want to include offset language in Mingo’s contract, which will keep it from becoming fully guaranteed. With such language, the Browns will only have to pay Mingo the difference between the money remaining on the original contract and what the player will make for a new team, in the event that he is released prior to expiration of his four-year rookie deal. However,  Mingo’s side does not want to include offset language in the contract, in which case, a he could receive the full amount of his original deal besides the money coming in from his new team, upon being released prior to expiration of the rookie contract.
 
Despite these slight hiccups, the Browns are confident that all three draft picks signed in on time, the Plain Dealer reports. However, Mingo more likely seems to be signed by the time the whole team will take to the field together for the start of training camp on July 25.
 
Anyhow, Mingo is still expected to report to the Cleveland Browns on Friday, according to a league source.  During the Browns’ rookie symposium in Berea last month, Mingo seemed eager to start training camp on time.
 
"I am ready,” Mingo said back then. “I’m just looking forward to it, being able to come out here, put the pads on for the first time and actually, I guess, measure up to the older guys and see where I am and see what I have to do to get better."
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