Cleveland Browns Draft Picks: Everyone Is Under Contract

All of the members of the Cleveland Browns' 2010 draft class have signed on the dotted line.

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CB Joe Haden, 7th Overall Pick, Signs Contract

Per Jason LaCanfora on Twitter, the Cleveland Browns have signed first-round draft choice Joe Haden:

“Browns agree to terms with Joe Haden: $12M signing bonus paid in 2010, $26M guaranteed, $50M max on a 5-yr deal.”

With Haden signed, the Browns now have all of their 2010 draft picks under contract. Haden signed after the team’s first session of training camp on Saturday, but still did not participate in the second session. He is expected to be on the field soon, probably during Sunday’s practice.

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Holmgren Talks About Negotiations With Haden

In a pre-camp interview with the media, Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren was asked about the status of cornerback Joe Haden with respect to signing him:

“I think he could be in on (Saturday). We’re making progress. We’re going to negotiate fairly and honestly. With the No. 1 picks, you just need a domino to (fall) and then it starts to happen. We’ve had good discussions with Joe’s agent and hopefully he’ll get in without too much loss of time. It’s very important. I’ve experienced this with a lot of athletes, that they wait too long.’’

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First Round Signings Starting To Trickle In

The rule of thumb is that players in the first round aren’t going to sign until a good percentage of the players taken after them are signed.

The first round signings are starting to trickle in, which might just put rookie cornerback Joe Haden in line to sign before training camp begins on July 31.

So far, Dallas’ Dez Bryant and New England’s Devin McCourty, both first-round selections, have agreed to terms.

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Safety T.J. Ward Signs Contract, Leaving Only Joe Haden Unsigned

The Cleveland Browns signed second-round safety T.J. Ward to a four-year deal on Monday.

According to the National Football Post, here are the details of Ward’s contract:

The former University of Oregon standout received a $2.075 million signing bonus and a $973,000 one-timer incentive clause with over $3 million in total guaranteed money.

Updating on the deal that second round running back Montario Hardesty received, here’s what the Cleveland Plain Dealer revealed:

Maximum value of the deal is $3,372,750, with a total of $1,572,750 guaranteed, the source said. The signing bonus is $1 million.

Only first-round pick Joe Haden remains unsigned, although there haven’t been indications of a holdout coming.

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2nd Round RB Montario Hardesty Agrees To Four-Year Deal

The Cleveland Browns have signed second round running back Montario Hardesty to a four-year deal, according to the Plain Dealer.

After a solid minicamp, Hardesty is expected to share playing time with RB Jerome Harrison. The team only has two draft picks unsigned — first round cornerback Joe Haden, and second round safety T.J. Ward.

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3rd Rounders Colt McCoy and Shawn Lauvao Ink Deals

The Cleveland Browns signed both of their third round draft picks today, QB Colt McCoy and OG Shawn Lauvao. Neither player was expected to holdout, so this continues the team’s upward progress in signing their draft picks.

McCoy received a four-year deal worth $4.96 million according to the Plain Dealer, which is slightly higher than what players usually receive at the spot he was taken.

Lauvao, on the other hand, will receive a four-year deal worth $3.22 million with a $697,000 signing bonus.

The only players that still need to be signed are first round CB Joe Haden, and second round RB Montario Hardesty and S T.J. Ward.

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5th Round Draft Choice, SS Larry Asante, Signs Contract

The Browns are working their way up the draft rounds, this time signing fifth-round strong safety Larry Asante, according to Adam Caplan on Twitter:

CLE signed 5th-rounder S Larry Asante to a 4 yr deal worth roughly $1.96 M.

At this time, there has not been any indication that any of the team’s draft choices will hold out.

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No Holdout Looming For CB Joe Haden

Things are looking good for the Cleveland Browns in their efforts to get first-round cornerback Joe Haden signed to a deal before the start of training camp, according to his agent:

“We’ve been in contact with the Browns and expect to begin negotiating next week,‘’ said agent Malik Shareef. "Our main objective is to get Joe in camp on time so he can perform to the best of his abilities. A holdout would not be in anyone’s best interests.’’

Haden is expected to compete for a starting cornerback role, but is ultimately projected to begin the season behind Sheldon Brown and Eric Wright.

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6th Round Draft Choice, WR Carlton Mitchell, Signs Contract

The Cleveland Browns can say that they’ve successfully signed both of their sixth-round draft choices now. After signing DE Clifton Geathers last week, the team agreed to a four-year deal with WR Carlton Mitchell of Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Mitchell is expected with undrafted free agent Johnathan Haggerty to compete for a backup receiver spot if the team decides to fifth receiver this season.

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