May 10, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Leon McFadden (29) runs during rookie minicamp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
As mentioned earlier, Leon McFadden’s deal could come at any minute now. A couple hours after Armonty Bryant agrees to terms, McFadden has agreed to his deal, leaving Barkevious Mingo as the lone unsigned rookie. With the start of rookie camp, McFadden and Bryant are now signed and will be ready to hit the field for the second day. Mingo’s deal could come at any time now but it would not be surprised if his deal takes a little bit more time; possibly dragging on until the 25th.
The talk of whether or not McFadden can come in and start as a rookie corner can now officially begin in earnest. He will be competing with players like Buster Skrine among others for that spot. There will be more than a few fans who think it is a virtual slam dunk that McFadden wins the job as they are convinced Skrine is a lost cause, but it could be a battle that comes down to the wire, especially considering the loser could be the difference between starting and playing the dime back. The nickel position could be just as competitive as the other starting spot with players like Trevin Wade in the mix.
After suggesting fans could use some good news, the Browns have delivered and maybe the most important draft pick for the immediate future is signed and can begin working to get ready for the season. Mingo has the potential to be more annoying but an actual hold out is still unlikely. He is among seven unsigned players in the top ten fighting with their respective teams over offset language. They could get this deal done tonight and have Mingo there for the morning, which would be great, but this little bump in the road could last through the weekend. In either case, the McFadden piece has fallen into place, which was more critical than getting Mingo in on time.