The Cleveland Browns have signed rookies Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson, according to a report on the NFL’s website.
Weeden, the 22nd pick in the first round of last April’s draft is a 28-year-old out of Oklahoma State who played minor-league baseball in the New York Yankees’ farm system for five years before going to college. He signed a four-year deal worth $8.1 million.
The Weeden signing comes on the heels of the signing of the Browns’ other first-round pick, running back Trent Richardson. The Alabama alum had been taken third overall last April after rushing for a school-record 1,679 yards last fall as a junior and leading the Crimson Tide to the national championship.
Richardson’s deal was worth $20.4 million over four years.
With the two signings the Browns make a much-needed upgrade on offense in a division where Baltimore’s and Pittsburgh’s defenses have reigned supreme for years.
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