June 29, 2012; Berea, OH USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden huddles with youngsters during the AFC rookie symposium at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
A few days ago, we saw the rookies from the NFC on the practice field in Berea. On Friday, it was time for the AFC rookies to take the field to work with kids in the Play 60 Youth Football Clinic. First-round picks Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson were in attendance, and both players were asked again about their contract situation. About half of the players from the first round have reached deals. The story for Richardson remained the same -- he is waiting for the top two picks, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, to sign their deals before he signs his.
Weeden's stance is pretty much the same as previously stated too. He did offer these comments, as reported by the Akron Beacon Journal:
"What’s the politically correct answer here?" Weeden said. "I wish it was done, but I don’t know. It’ll get done. We’re working. It takes two sides, though."
The last comment could indicate that Weeden thinks the Browns should bend a little bit in their negotiations, something I'm sure every player would like. According to Mary Kay Cabot, a league source tells her that the hold-up with Weeden is an attempt to get the fourth year of his contract guaranteed. That should not come as a surprise; with the new rookie wage scale and the slot Weeden was taken at, guaranteed money is pretty much the only thing that can be negotiated.