December 21, 2014

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Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo signs contract, reports to camp

Barkevious Mingo is in the fold.
Mingo, the No. 6 pick in the draft, signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year club option Sunday morning. He was the last of the Browns’ five draft picks to sign.
Cleveland’s rookies were scheduled to report Friday, so Mingo was a couple of days late. But he’s in well in advance of the start of full-squad training camp, which begins Thursday.
Mingo (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) will enter camp as a backup at outside linebacker but is expected to see significant time as a pass rusher. He played defensive end at LSU, totaling 119 tackles, 15 sacks, 11 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 40 games.
The collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011 removes much of the drama and contention from rookie negotiations – the length and dollars are predetermined – so the only holdup with Mingo was the inclusion of offset language.
According to reports, the Browns received the language they desired. If Mingo is released before the end of the contract and signed by another team, the amount of the new deal would come off what the Browns owe him.
The deal is worth approximately $16 million for the first four years.