NFL notebook: Browns, Manziel reach contract agreement
Quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Browns reached an agreement on a contract. The NFL's rookie wage scale projects the contract to be worth $8.25 million over four years, according to ESPN.
The former Heisman Trophy winner will enter training camp next month as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who has been limited during offseason practices while recovering from offseason knee surgery
Meanwhile, the Browns released wide receiver Earl Bennett about a month after signing him to a free-agent contract. No explanation was given for the release.
So much for concern that running back Marshawn Lynch would be absent from the Seahawks' minicamp.
Lynch was in attendance when the Super Bowl champions opened their mandatory three-day minicamp. Reports surfaced last week that Lynch might consider not attending the practices in hopes of getting a higher salary for the 2014 season. Lynch signed a four-year contract before the 2012 season.
He is scheduled to make $5 million in base salary this season plus per game roster bonuses.
Texans name QB; Johnson absent
The Texans have a starting quarterback. Now they need star wide receiver Andre Johnson back in the fold.
New coach Bill O'Brien named Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter, an announcement overshadowed somewhat by Johnson's absence on the first day of a mandatory three-day mini-camp.
Johnson hasn't participated in any of the team's voluntary offseason workouts and said last month he wouldn't attend these workouts, either. On Tuesday, he missed the opening day of workouts that are the last before training camp in late July.
Fitzpatrick signed with the team in the offseason a day before Matt Schaub was traded to the Raiders.
Saints, Graham go to arbitration
All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham and the Saints met for arbitration on his contract.
Graham filed a grievance through the players' union. He contends he should have been considered a wide receiver, not a tight end, when the team designated him with the 2014 franchise tag. The difference in salary would be more than $5 million.
Around the league
Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton was a no-show for the first mandatory offseason practice. Orton missed all the voluntary workouts amid reports that he is contemplating retirement. ... Titans agreed to terms with their second-round draft pick, running back Bishop Sankey. ... Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was at practice for the start of a mandatory minicamp after missing two weeks to deal with two off-field legal problems.
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