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One in the fold
May 29, 2014 - Mike McLain
The Browns acted quickly in getting fourth-round draft choice Pierre Desir under contract.
It shouldn't be a surprise that the defensive back from Lindenwood College is the first of the team's six draft picks to sign. Having a wife and two daughters, Desir is very mature and obviously values the importance of financial security. That came across when he was introduced to reporters during the recent rookie camp.
Now that Desir has signed, there's really no reason why the Browns can't get the other five rookies under contract in short order. The rookie wage scale slots each player into a predetermined financial slot, removing agent-team bargaining from the equation.
For whatever reason, the Browns are usually among the last teams to sign all their picks. Many of the other teams act quickly, getting their picks signed long before the start of training camp. The Minnesota Vikings wasted no time this year in signing each of their picks.
You would think that agreeing to terms with quarterback Johnny Manziel would be easy. Considering the money Manziel is hauling in from non-football activities, a few hundred thousand dollars here or there wouldn't seem to make much of a difference.
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