November 20, 2014

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Browns restricted free agents sign

Scott Petrak

The Chronicle-Telegram

The Browns are full again.

All five restricted free agents signed their second-round tenders Monday, beating the deadline set for today, a Browns spokesman confirmed.

Linebackers D’Qwell Jackson and Matt Roth, safety Abram Elam, running back Jerome Harrison and fullback Lawrence Vickers were tendered by the Browns in March and had resisted signing them until now. Harrison and Vickers were the only ones to participate in the offseason practices, while the others stayed away in protest.

Roth, a five-year veteran, signed for $1.809 million, while the four four-year vets will make $1.759 million in 2010. If the players didn’t sign by the deadline, the Browns were prepared to cut their offers to 110 percent of last year’s salary. For all but Elam, that would’ve cost the players at least $1 million.

The five players were looking for long-term deals, but the new Browns front office is taking a wait-and-see approach.

The Browns must cut five players to make room, but the names weren’t immediately available.

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