BROWNS Winslow Jr. ends holdout



The rookie tight end agreed to a six-year contract with Cleveland.
BEREA (AP) -- Kellen Winslow Jr. has made more money than his Hall of Fame father without even catching a pass in the NFL.
Winslow agreed to a six-year contract with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday night, ending the rookie's 12-day holdout, a team source told The Associated Press.
The deal has a base salary of $29 million and could be worth up to $40 million if Winslow reaches all his incentives. It also includes a $16.5 million signing bonus.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Winslow, drafted sixth overall, is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr. He says he expects to exceed his father's accomplishments, and his dad says that at this point, his son is even better than he was.
The Browns have not had a tight end with Winslow's combination of size, speed and athleticism since Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome in the 1980s.
Winslow was expected to sign the deal today at training camp. It's not known when he will start practicing with the team or if he will play in the Browns' preseason opener Saturday night at Tennessee.
The Browns sacrificed a second-round pick, trading with Detroit to move up one spot in the April draft, to select the University of Miami standout.
Negotiations
The team and Winslow's agent, Kevin Poston, were reportedly $12 million to $22 million apart during the negotiations, with Poston seeking a contract similar to the six-year, $54.6 million deal that he negotiated for receiver Charles Rogers last year with Detroit.
But a series of talks that began over the weekend between Poston and Browns president John Collins culminated in a deal Tuesday night.
Poston is a renowned tough negotiator who along with his brother, Carl, represents other prominent NFL clients currently in contract holdouts.
Winslow began his holdout on July 30 when Poston rejected the Browns' initial offer -- a six-year, $40 million deal that matched what Washington gave safety Sean Taylor, the No. 5 selection.
The deal Winslow agreed to is for the same amount, but includes a higher signing bonus and base salary.
Last week, Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia implored Winslow to get to camp, saying, "You are going to get your riches no matter what, but you need to think about the team."
Garcia said he and Winslow have traded phone messages in which the rookie said he was frustrated with negotiations.

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