Daily Dawg Tags: Browns have signed all 14 picks
Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Thursday, June 30.
The Cleveland Browns have officially signed all 14 draft picks after inking Carl Nassib to a rookie contract Wednesday afternoon.
It is always nice to sign rookies before the beginning of training camp, especially when there are 14 to bring aboard.
Nassib’s signing wraps up any worries about rookie holdouts or contract issues, so the next month will be focused on the anticipation to see the rookies in action when training camp begins July 29.
As the wait for training camp is now under a month, let’s take a look at Wednesday’s news surrounding the Browns and the rest of the NFL.
Cleveland Browns sign Carl Nassib, all 14 picks signed
"The Cleveland Browns selected 14 players in the 2016 NFL Draft in an attempt to find some new pieces to help this team succeed moving forward. Third-round pick Carl Nassib signed his rookie deal today, meaning all 14 picks have now signed contracts."
Browns should have no regrets if Carson Wentz is successful
"The Cleveland Browns have been seeking a franchise quarterback since 1999. Even with all the failures of those drafted in the past, there always seems to be a sense of optimism that the next pick is going to be the great one. That mindset followed the Browns leading up to this year’s NFL Draft, when California’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz were the top two quarterback prospects."
Dominique Alexander one to watch in training camp?
"Cleveland Browns fans in attendance at training camp this summer will have several position battles to follow. On offense, eyes will be on the quarterback situation; the quartet of rookies at wide receiver; and the offensive line, where Cameron Erving will look to take hold of the center position and Shon Coleman, among others, will look to lock down the right tackle spot."
Can the Browns capitalize on the championship vibe?
"“Cleveland! This is for you!” exclaimed the King, LeBron James. As Cleveland ended its 52-year championship drought on June 19, 2016, the city felt an uprising in confidence throughout the entire sports landscape. Out with the woe-is-me, only-in-Cleveland mentality, and in comes the confidence and swagger of the first title in Cleveland since the Cleveland Browns won it all in 1964."
Browns: Five players poised for a breakout season (Factory of Sadness)
"Plenty of new faces along with a new philosophy towards building a winning organization are things that will be different for this season’s Cleveland Browns. It is not impossible to remove the losing all together, but it is unlikely. That said, the Browns have positioned themselves for the long-term as they go step by step in their approach to changing the direction of the organization. In time we will know if they are successful, but right now there is plenty to like."
Browns sign 3rd-rounder Carl Nassib (cleveland.com)
"Browns third-round pick Carl Nassib, who makes his living knocking people down, was the last man standing. The No. 65 overall pick out of Penn State, Nassib was the last of the 14 Browns draft picks to sign his contract when he did so on Wednesday. It was a marathon, not a sprint, but they’ve got their entire class wrapped up well before rookies report at the end of next month for training camp, which begins July 29."
5 reasons Andrew Luck extension is a bad move for Colts (FanSided)
"On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts made their franchise quarterback Andrew Luck the highest-paid player in NFL history with his new contract extension running through the 2021 NFL season. Luck will make $140 million, including $87 million guaranteed on this six-year deal/five-year extension."
Josh Norman disputes Tomlinson’s cornerbacks stance (NFL.com)
"Fresh off being ranked No. 11 by his peers in The Top 100 Players of 2016, Josh Norman wasn’t about to let anyone try to convince him there aren’t any shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL. Back in March, NFL Media analyst LaDainian Tomlinson created a mini firestorm among some NFL cornerbacks by stating there wasn’t a true shutdown corner playing in the NFL. On Wednesday, Norman had his chance to confront the San Diego Chargers legend on the issue."
Andrew Luck guaranteed record $87 million in long-term extension (ESPN.com)
"Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay stuck to his word and secured franchise quarterback Andrew Luck’s long-term future with the organization before the start of the 2016 season. The Colts announced Wednesday that Luck has signed an extension through the 2021 season that will make him the highest-paid player in the NFL, based on guaranteed salary."