Sets CB record with new contract
Ward is signing a five-year, $100.5 million extension with the Browns, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
The deal reportedly includes $71.25 million guaranteed, a new league record for a cornerback. Ward was the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and while he's missed multiple games every season, he's also recorded multiple interceptions and double-digit pass defenses in each campaign. He turns 25 in late April and has a good chance to be one of the league's top cornerbacks over the course of his second contract.
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Watson has reached confidential settlements in 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed against him, NFL.com and Sarah Barshop of ESPN report.
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Ward left Thursday's practice early after his lower left leg was tended to by members of the Browns medical staff, Jake Furr of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Brissett's chances of starting multiple games in 2022 appear to be increasing due to expanding legal issues surrounding Deshaun Watson in addition to the Browns' strained relationship with Baker Mayfield.
The Browns have excused Mayfield (shoulder) from next week's mandatory minicamp, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Johnson and the Browns have reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $2.43 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bell has impressed with his hands and routes at Browns OTAs, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Hunt remains in Cleveland's plans despite a surplus of running backs, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Schwartz remains in the mix for the No. 2 wide receiver spot, and the Browns are not compelled to add a second proven veteran wideout at this time, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Browns and Njoku agreed on a four-year, $56.75 million contract extension Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Njoku is abstaining from OTAs while he and the Browns continue to discuss a potential extension, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.