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Gilbert agrees to 4-year deal with Browns

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 7/23/2014

The 8th overall pick in May's NFL Draft is now officially a member of the Cleveland Browns.

Former Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert agreed to terms on Wednesday and is expected to be on the field when Browns training camp opens on Saturday. The deal is reportedly for four years and $12.8 million, with a $7.65 million signing bonus.

Cleveland's signing of Gilbert leaves Titans first-rounded Taylor Lewan as the only unsigned player of the 256 selected in this years NFL Draft.

Gilbert will challenge Buster Skrine for the Browns second starting cornerback spot opposite of Pro Bowler Joe Haden. The size (6' 0", 202 lbs) and physicality Gilbert brings to the table make him a favorite to win that battle in head coach Mike Pettine's press man-to-man schemes.

Isaiah Trufant and Aaron Berry will also be in the mix for playing time in Cleveland's revamped secondary.

Pettine has emphasized the importance of competition on the practice field, saying that players who push each other make each other better. The defensive backfield will likely offer the most competitive battle at Browns camp.

Although all eyes will likely be on the competition between veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback role.

   
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