Wimbley agrees to deal

Browns first-round pick Kamerion Wimbley will sign a six-year deal and becomes only the second 2006 first-round pick to agree to terms on a contract.

The 13th overall selection in the draft, Wimbley will sign a six-year contract with a maximum value of $23.7 million, including $9.3 million in guarantees. That represents a nearly 10 percent increase in the guaranteed money paid to the 13th overall pick in the 2005 draft.

The deal will be voided after five years provided Wimbley reaches predetermined playing time thresholds, and then the Browns would have the right to “buy back” the voided year by paying Wimbley a sizeable bonus.

The Wimbley signing marks the first time the Browns have had their first-round pick in camp on time since Courtney Brown in 2000. Wimbley joins Demario Minter, Babatunde Oshinowo, Lawrence Vickers, and Justin Hamilton as the Browns’ 2006 draft signees thus far. Wimbley said after being drafted that he wanted to be in camp on time and he sure didn’t lie. Great job by Savage and the rest of the Browns’ negotiating staff. Rookies report to camp Sunday and the full-squad training camp begins Wednesday, July 26.

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