BEREA, Ohio — The Browns have officially agreed to terms with two of their seven 2020 NFL Draft picks, announcing four-year rookie contracts on Monday for fourth-round tight end Harrison Bryant and sixth-round wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.
They are the first Cleveland draft selections to sign with the team this year. Specific terms of the deals were not disclosed, although the amount of guaranteed money is likely to be relatively low due to the players' status as later-round choices.
As a senior at Florida Atlantic in 2019, Bryant caught 65 passes for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns on his way to winning the John Mackey Award as the best tight end in college football. Although his stock fell after a relatively weak performance at the NFL Combine, he is seen as a prospect with starter potential, especially with new head coach Kevin Stefanski's apparent fondness for the tight end position.
Peoples-Jones was one of the top wideout recruits in the country in 2017, but the Detroit native struggled to find consistency running coach Jim Harbaugh's conservative offense at Michigan. He was held to just 34 catches for 438 yards last season, but still caught six touchdowns and was named third-team All-Big Ten on special teams; his selection also earned rave reviews from current Browns players.
Bryant will wear No. 88 with Cleveland, while Peoples-Jones will don No. 11. The following 2020 draft picks have still not yet signed deals with the club:
- OT Jedrick Wills Jr. - First round (10th overall)
- S Grant Delpit - Second round (44th overall)
- DT Jordan Elliot - Third round (88th overall)
- LB Jacob Phillips - Third round (97th overall)
- C Nick Harris - Fifth round (160th overall)