July 25, 2014

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Browns work out deals with Thomas, Wright

BEREA — The Browns reached deals Thursday night with rookies Joe Thomas and Eric Wright. They have yet to sign the contracts, but they are expected to be in training camp this afternoon when the Browns begin full-squad practice.
Thomas, the No. 3 pick in the draft, agreed to a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $42.5 million, including $23 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. The deal begins with a six-year commitment, but the last year can be easily voided.
Wright, a second-round pick out of UNLV, agreed to a four-year deal. Terms of the deal were not released.
Meanwhile, negotiations with quarterback Brady Quinn, the No. 22 pick, are believed to be at a standstill, and he isn’t expected in camp this weekend.
All three first-day selections missed the rookies-only part of camp that began Monday. While that isn’t ideal, it would be considered a success if Thomas and Wright were on the field today.
Thomas will begin camp behind veteran Kevin Shaffer at left tackle, but the team expects him to become the starter by opening day.
The Browns traded two draft picks to move into the second round to take Wright. He is expected to challenge for a starting cornerback spot immediately.
Quinn talked to WKNR 850-AM Thursday afternoon. He said he hopes to be in camp as soon as possible, but it’s “out of my hands.”
“It’s between my agent and the Browns,” he said. “I’ve been watching a ton of film and going through my own two-a-days.”
Injury update
Center LeCharles Bentley, tight end Kellen Winslow and cornerback Gary Baxter are expected to be on the active/physically unable to perform list when training camp starts today.
They can’t practice while on PUP, but can be taken off any time during camp. Winslow and Baxter are expected to be activated soon if they are able to pass physicals. Winslow had microfracture knee surgery in the offseason and Baxter tore both patellar tendons last season.
Bentley, who tore a patellar tendon during training camp last year, still must undergo a team physical and said he plans on starting camp working individually. He hopes to join team drills in five weeks and be ready for the opener Sept. 9.
The PUP designation protects the team if the player isn’t healthy by the regular season. The player can begin the season on PUP without having to miss the entire year, as is the case with injured reserve.
Camp changes
The Browns announced a couple of changes to the training camp schedule.
On Aug. 3, they will practice twice in Berea, from 8:45-10:45 a.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Originally, the team was scheduled to practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium for Family Night, but it was canceled because of water damage at the stadium.
The Browns also canceled the Aug. 8 practice in Berea and will hold a private practice at the stadium in preparation for the Aug. 11 preseason opener vs. Kansas City.
The first training camp practice is this afternoon from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Fans are advised to arrive early.
Contact Scott Petrak at 329-7136 or spetrak@chroniclet.com.

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PRACTICE: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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Browns rookie cornerback and second-round pick Eric Wright (left) runs pass protection on Tim Carter (86) during rookie minicamp in June.
Below, first-round and No. 4 overall pick Joe Thomas runs through a blocking drill. Both players signed with Cleveland on Thursday and will be in training camp today for the opening practice.