The Cleveland Browns signed QB Cody Kessler on Thursday, the final day of the team's three-day minicamp session. He is the 12th of 14 draft picks to sign. The only picks who remain unsigned are DL Carl Nassib and LB Joe Schobert.
Taken in the 3rd round at No. 93 overall, Kessler's contract was projected to be worth about $3.005 million, with a $664,000 signing bonus over four years, according to OverTheCap's pre-determined draft chart. His cap hit in 2016 was projected to be roughly $616,000. The other day, we talked about how third-round picks have the ability to negotiate a little extra money in their contracts, and that quarterbacks often get 100% of the "extra money" they can negotiate up to. Based on this report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, it sounds like Kessler might have gotten that extra money:
#Browns 3rd round pick Cody Kessler's contract: 4 years, $3.4 million, $660,000 signing bonus; guarantee, a little over $1.1 million— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 9, 2016
Kessler was the Browns' the fourth pick of Day 2 of the draft, and also their third of three picks in the third round. He is 6-1, 215-pounds and played college football at USC. He will wear No. 5 with the Browns.