Reporting Daryl Ruiter
AKRON (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is itching to show fans why he was the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft.
He’s also anxious to get his rookie contract done.
Believe it or not – both are within reach.
Training camp will open in just over five weeks and, according to Richardson, the contract is taking care of itself.
“As far as the business side I think it’s pretty much wrapped up,” Richardson said of the status of contract talks. “I think everything is pretty much done. There’s just some language in there that they have to get done but as far as business-wise it’s pretty much done.”
Richardson along with quarterback Brandon Weeden are the lone two members of the Browns 2012 draft class that remain unsigned.
Weeden, who was selected No. 22 overall, told the Akron Beacon Journal Monday that he will sign before training camp.
“I’m ready to sign it,” Weeden said to the Beacon Journal. “I’m not gonna miss any time. I’m gonna sign before camp. It’s just nitpick stuff, but we’ll get it done. I’ll get it done.”
Richardson added that he is also waiting on the top two draft picks – Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III – to sign on the dotted line before he signs his deal.
The new collective bargaining agreement has made it easier for teams to get their draft picks signed thanks to the new rookie cap.
Rookie contracts for first-rounders has also been shortened from the previous five- or six-year deals down to four-year contracts with a standard option for a fifth year.