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Browns renegotiate Olivier Vernon’s contract

Jadeveon Clowney reportedly turned down a big offer from the Browns, and while Chris Simms thinks it would be a good fit for the veteran, Mike Florio explains why he might be avoiding Cleveland.

If the Browns want to continue their pursuit of free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, they have a little more flexibility.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Browns have renegotiated Olivier Vernon’s contract.

Vernon was previously set to make $15.25 million, non-guaranteed, this season.

Now, he gets a $7 million signing bonus, a guaranteed $3.75 million base salary, and a $250,000 workout bonus. There’s also $2 million available in incentives.

Vernon’s entering the final year of the contract they acquired in a deal with the Giants. He had 3.5 sacks in 10 games last year. Clowney hasn’t appeared particularly interested in the Browns’ advances, so now they at least have a known commodity opposite Myles Garrett.