At approximately 3 a.m. last night, Barkevious Mingo agreed to his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns. This allowed him to show up bright and early at 7 a.m. for camp today. He did miss the first two days of the rookie-only portion of training camp, but that shouldn't really impact him in a meaningful way as far as playing time goes. He still sits third on the depth chart at outside linebacker according to linebacker coach Brian Baker:
"Right now the other two guys are better,'' said outside linebackers coach Brian Baker during minicamp. "So yeah, whether I'm supposed to say it or not. Every place I've been I've always played the best guys and played those guys in the best positions. So if Barkevious beats one of those guys out, he'll be a starter. Until then, they're the starters.''
Maybe Mingo will beat out Jabaal Sheard or Paul Kruger by opening day, but right now it seems the plan is to let him be a rotational player unless he really forces his way into the starting lineup.
For a full breakdown of the contract and comparisons to other rookie deals, see the Plain Dealer article on the signing here. Of note is the fact that Mingo's contract includes offset language. That means that if Mingo is cut and signed by another team, the Browns would only owe the difference between his rookie deal and his new contract, rather than the full guaranteed amount in his current contract. I'm having trouble finding a good source, but I do not believe any top ten picks last year had offset language included in their contracts. This season, two other top 10 picks, Dion Jordan and Lane Johnson, have offset language in their deals.
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