Cairns: Browns sign Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden

CLEVELAND - We are less then 24 hours away from the first Rookie Training Camp in Berea and the Browns have signed all of their rookies including Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden.

The Browns took care of the first order of business on Monday night by reaching an agreement with the No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson. They quickly set their sites on quarterback Brandon Weeden, reaching an agreement less then 24 hours later.

The Browns didn't waste any time with their next priority, signing rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. Head Coach Pat Shurmur has made it clear he wants his rookie quarterback in camp on time. The thought is Weeden, from the time he was selected in the first round, was on the fast track to becoming the teams opening day start in September against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Weeden is one of six first round picks who remained unsigned. Under the NFLs new rookie wage slotting system, Weeden will make $8.1 million over four years. Weeden wants the fourth year of his contract guaranteed.

ESPNs Adam Schefter reported Weeden's representatives and the Browns talked well into the night on Monday to set the stage for Tuesday afternoon's signing.

You have to forgive the Browns if they seemed a little hesitant to give a rookie quarterback a guaranteed four-year deal. The team has yet to have a QB start or stay healthy for all 16 games since the orange helmets returned to town in 1999.

Browns fans first chance to see both Richardson and Weeden will be July 28 from 8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

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