Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces running back Trent Richardson (Alabama) as the third overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Another Top 5 Draft Pick gets signed


Three nights before training camp and all through the town, not a creature was stirring; except for the Browns. The team was finally able to ink a deal Monday night with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, Trent Richardson.

Richardson’s rookie deal will net him $20 million of guaranteed money over 4 years with a $13 million signing bonus. The deal is in line with what most rookies can expect according to the new pay-scale.

The Browns will be expecting much from the rookie this year. Cleveland expects Richardson to upgrade their rushing attack that only generated four rushing touchdowns and was ranked 28th in the league with Peyton Hillis last year.

After a breakout season in 2010, Hillis only rushed for 587 yards on 161 carries. Richardson, a decorated SEC running back should have no problem stepping in as the team’s new franchise back.

The Browns still have one more first round pick they need to strike  deal with: rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. The Browns still may have some uncertainty as to who will be the starter, so expect a deal to be made sooner rather than later.

UPDATE: Quarterback Brandon Weeden has agreed to a four-year deal with the Browns. The deal is $8.1 million guaranteed over 4 years with the last year being partially guaranteed.

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