Brandon Weeden signs four-year contract with NFL's Cleveland Browns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer Published: July 24, 2012
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photo - FILE - This May 13, 2012 file photo shows Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden throwing during a practice at the NFL football team's rookie camp in Berea, Ohio. Although he hasn't officially been declared Cleveland's starter, and Colt McCoy remains on the roster, Weeden will begin training camp this month as the Browns' presumptive No. 1 quarterback. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) ORG XMIT: NY151
FILE - This May 13, 2012 file photo shows Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden throwing during a practice at the NFL football team's rookie camp in Berea, Ohio. Although he hasn't officially been declared Cleveland's starter, and Colt McCoy remains on the roster, Weeden will begin training camp this month as the Browns' presumptive No. 1 quarterback. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) ORG XMIT: NY151

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns have signed rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden to a four-year contract, worth $8.1 million.

Weeden was the No. 22 overall pick this year out of Oklahoma State and will join the rest of the Browns' rookies on Wednesday, when camp opens. One of those other newcomers is running back Trent Richardson, also a first-round pick this year, who agreed to a four-year, $20.5 million contract on Monday.

On Tuesday, Weeden and the Browns completed their deal, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Cleveland hasn't announced the signing.

The Browns are looking for a jolt on offense this season, after scoring just 218 points en route to a 4-12 finish last year.



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