Cleveland Browns Sign Rookie LB Barkevious Mingo

Jun 4, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) goes through drills during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

The ball is now rolling throughout the NFL when it comes to rookies signing their contracts. After Dion Jordan inked his deal with the Miami Dolphins, it appears the Cleveland Browns thought it wise to go ahead and get pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo under contract.

New of the official deal between Mingo and the Browns was first reported by Mary Kay Cabot of

The deal is worth more a little more than $16 million a league source said, and the Browns were able to obtain offset language in the contract. His signing bonus is in the $10 million range.

In exchange for the offset language, Mingo will receive his entire signing bonus between now and the end of the year, a league source said.


The Spin: About time. Now that rookies are stuck with the new wage scale most of the delays come from scenarios like this in which agents posture for better “language” in the deal.

It was plain as day Mingo was not going to get a deal done until Jordan worked one out in Miami. Now he and the Browns can focus on improving a mediocre overall unit in the middle of a huge transition with exciting new pieces.

Mingo is one of said pieces, so it’s time to focus on football only.


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Topics: Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland Browns, NFL Draft

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