Writing on his website, and probably in fear of how the Browns have been trying to upgrade the safety position, Abram Elam has asked for a new mult-year contract and is weighing his options in the hope of landing such a deal. Elam is one of the Browns’ restricted free agents, a list that includes D’Qwell Jackson, Jerome Harrison, Lawrence Vickers, and Matt Roth. Jackson has also asked for a long-term deal.
It is likely that these players will miss parts or all of the upcoming OTAs (voluntary practices) that run for 11 days before the mandatory minicamp that takes place from June 10-12. These players have until June 15 to sign a deal, so don’t be too alarmed if they aren’t at the minicamp either.
As for Elam, he started all sixteen games last season and led the team with 88 tackles, but the secondary wasn’t exactly a unit of world beaters. Nevertheless, the position is so dangerously thin that the Browns should probably take a serious look at signing Elam. I would say Jackson and Harrison remain as the more important signings, though it would be a shame to lose Vickers as well.