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Old 10 Aug 2005, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BEREA, Ohio -- Braylon Edwards came and went.

Less than three hours after arriving at Cleveland's headquarters Wednesday to apparently finalize his contract, the rookie wide receiver and his agent bolted after negotiations with the Browns broke down.

Edwards' camp disagreed with the Browns' desire to add a personal services clause to the contract, ESPN.com's John Clayton reported.

Edwards and agent Lamont Smith drove away in a three-car caravan without finishing a deal that looked all but done.

"You don't have a deal until you have a deal," said Smith, sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV driven by Edwards' father, Stan. "We're leaving Cleveland."

It all looked so positive when Edwards, the No. 3 overall draft pick from Michigan, walked into the players' entrance, escorted into the building by his mother, Malesa Plater.

At the time, the Browns were working out in the club's indoor facility, pushed inside by an afternoon thunderstorm.

About 30 minutes before Edwards' arrival, Smith showed up to presumably work through some final details of a contract he had been optimistic about completing 10 days ago.

But whatever Smith and Edwards learned during their short stay, they must not have liked.

Edwards was not available for comment. He stayed inside his vehicle, which was at the front of the entourage. Smith only stopped when reporters surrounded his car in front of the driveway leading into the team's complex.

"We were close," Smith said when asked what had gone wrong. "We just don't have an agreement on all terms."

Smith said he wasn't departing on bad terms.

"No, it's business," he said. "It's part of the process."

Smith wasn't sure when talks with the Browns would resume.

"I don't know. We'll just have to see when the club is available," he said. "We just don't have anything set yet."

Stan Edwards said he and his son were returning to Detroit, their hometown.

"We don't have an agreement," Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said. "We're still talking with them."


Bonsiewicz said Smith and the club were in contact following Edwards' departure.
Man, the Browns must have pissed someone off. It seems like they catch any kind of bad luck. Hopefully Edwards can get a contract signed and get into camp so he can be on the same page as the rest of the team.
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Braylon signs!

Edwards agrees to five-year contract
Jay Glazer / FOXSports.com
Posted: 2 hours ago

The Bralyon Edwards on-again, off-again saga is on.

FOXSports.com has learned Edwards and the Cleveland Browns agreed to a five-year deal that includes a little more than $18 million in guaranteed money.

It appeared Edwards would sign his deal hours earlier after arriving at the team's headquarters, but things took a strange turn as he and Smith bolted after negotiations hit a snag.

The pair, along with Edwards' parents and other family members, drove away in a three-car caravan without finishing the deal.

"You don't have a deal until you have a deal," Smith, sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV driven by Edwards' father, Stan, said at about 6:30 p.m. "We're leaving Cleveland."

They didn't get far as Smith stayed in touch with the club and was able to complete a contract that could pay Edwards nearly $20 million in guaranteed money.

Smith and the Browns had exchanged as many as seven proposals while struggling to find common ground. The sides have been hung up on, among other things, the contract's length, maximum value and guaranteed money.

In the past few days, they've been discussing a five-year package - a concession to a request by Smith.

Following practice, Browns coach Romeo Crennel was aware that Edwards and his agent were in the building. And like everyone else, Crennel figured a signing was imminent.

"To my knowledge, no contract has been signed," Crennel said. "Maybe they're still working that out."

Once he signs, Edwards, who was supposed to report on July 25 with the club's other rookies, will be required to pass a conditioning test of several 300-yard shuttle runs.

"He should be able to run it right now," Crennel said. "If he can't, he hasn't been working out enough."

Crennel was asked what his first words for Edwards will be.

"I'll tell him, 'Go run,"' Crennel said.

While he's been absent, the Browns have installed a big chunk of the offense they'll use this season. Edwards is even further behind after missing the club's minicamp in June because of a family funeral and injury.

Crennel is confident Edwards will eventually catch up.

"He's going to get acclimated," he said. "It's just going to take a little time, but it's going to happen. It could very well take him a full year because he has missed this much camp. He's going to learn. The guy is going to be a good player, but it's going to take time.

"It's not going to happen tomorrow."

The Browns open their exhibition season Saturday night at home against the New York Giants, but Crennel said he would wait to see what kind of shape Edwards was in before deciding if he'll play.

As for Edwards' two-week holdout, Crennel said it wasn't a distraction.

"If I didn't have any receivers who I thought could play, maybe then it would be a distraction. But I've got some guys who can play," he said. "That's football. This is the NFL. Guys hold out. Guys walk out. And you have to deal with it."

Edwards, who nearly jumped to the NFL following his junior season, finished with 252 career receptions, 3,542 yards and 39 TDs with the Wolverines. Last season, he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wideout and was the Big Ten's offensive player of the year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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They had agreed in priciple about the contract, there were just marketing issues to go over.
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Braylon's starting to worry me... Erratic behavior to say the least...oh well fuckit. He's in. Romeo's gonna run him hard though, poor kid.

Funny that he gets more guaranteed money than TO does...

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I really cannot blame the rookies for trying to get as much money as possible. The system is fucked up like that.
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