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Browns sign two more rookies

CLEVELAND (July 25, 2005) -- The Cleveland Browns signed two more rookie draft picks to contracts, but have yet to reach a deal with first-round selection Braylon Edwards.

The wide receiver might miss the start of training camp.

The club reached deals with defensive back Brodney Pool and defensive lineman David McMillan. Pool received a five-year deal and McMillan signed for four. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Browns, who will open training camp July 29 in Berea, Ohio, have signed six of their eight picks with Edwards and quarterback Charlie Frye, a third-round pick, as the only current holdouts.

Cleveland general manager Phil Savage has talked with Edwards' agent, Lamont Smith, in the past two weeks, but the sides remain apart.

The Browns aren't alone in their inability to sign their top pick before training camp. Earlier today, the New England Patriots became the first team to sign a first-round pick by reaching a five-year deal with offensive guard Logan Mankins, the 32nd overall pick in 2005.

But first-round picks quickly could be signing now that Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick, has agreed to a six-year deal with the 49ers. His deal should set the bar for the rest of the first-round selections.

Pool, a two-year starter at Oklahoma, was taken in the second round (34th overall) by the Browns, who like his versatility and could use him at cornerback. Last season, Pool was named All-Big 12 after leading the Sooners with 92 tackles as a free safety.

The Browns picked McMillan, a three-year starter at Kansas, in the fifth round (139th overall). As a senior, he had a career-high seven sacks. In 46 career games for the Jayhawks, he had 15 sacks. McMillan is expected to play outside linebacker in Cleveland's new 3-4 defense.

Both Pool and McMillan will play special teams this season.

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