Cleveland Browns, Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah agree leaving just two rookies to sign

The Cleveland Browns came to terms with second-round pick Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on Friday leaving just Greg Newsome and Anthony Schwarts left to sign

Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah might not have enjoyed the 2021 NFL Draft the way he expected to, but since joining the Cleveland Browns, things have been going well for him.

The former Notre Dame linebacker seemed to be a sure-fire Round 1 pick and some thought he could land with Cleveland at No. 26. However, the Browns went with Greg Newsome II with that pick but somehow still landed JOK in Round 2 after moving up a few picks ‚— which was still an absolute steal.

Now, he’s at work in Berea where the good news keeps flowing. As Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com pointed out, he received incredible praise from veteran Anthony Walker and then signed a contract worth $6.5 million right afterward.

“First, his new teammate and fellow linebacker Anthony Walker said he reminds him of two-time first-team All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard. Then, he signed his four-year rookie contract worth an estimated $6.47 million, including a $2.069 million bonus.” — Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com

With JOK agreeing to his rookie deal, that leaves just two of the team’s eight draft picks without a contract. Those players are the aforementioned Newsome as well as third-round pick Anthony Schwartz.

Both Newsome and Schwartz have been around Berea a lot in recent days, so it’s not exactly a concern that they haven’t signed their deals yet. With the way the CBA has structured salaries for players at every pick there usually isn’t much drama — just sometimes the agents behind the scenes like to work out a few minor details to best serve their clients.

It surely won’t be much longer before both Newsome and Schwartz sign their deals and then the Browns impressive class from 2021 will all be ready to roll.

Entering the season, Owusu-Koramoah and Newsome have the best chance to start from Week 1. Each plays a position of need and both had first-round talent. Players such as Schwartz should also have a big role as the speedy wideout from Auburn brings a much-needed dimension to the passing game.