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Browns get deal done with Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson runs the ball during practice at the NFL football team’s rookie camp in Berea, Ohio Friday, May 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


As expected, the Browns have worked out a contract with the third overall pick in the draft.

Running back Trent Richardson has agreed to terms, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The contract pays Richardson a signing bonus of $13.341 million, along with base salaries of $390,000 in 2012, $1.321 million in 2013, $2.252 million in 2014, and $3.184 million in 2015.

Like all first-round picks, the team holds an option for the fifth-year. The Browns will be able to retain Richardson’s rights for 2016 by offering the average of the ten highest paid running backs in 2015.

The contract is fully-guaranteed, with no offset language.

The Browns moved up from the fourth pick to No. 3 to get Richardson, whom they hope will have an instant impact on the team’s running game -- in turn opening up the passing game.

To get the most out of the running game and the passing game, the Browns need to get their other first-round pick signed. Quarterback Brandon Weeden, the 22nd pick in the draft, reportedly wants his four-year deal to be fully guaranteed. It’s a fairly smart move, given that there could be a new regime in Cleveland by 2015 -- and Weeden could be getting the same treatment that 2010 third-rounder Colt McCoy is about to get.