Oldskool Posted March 9, 2006 Share Posted March 9, 2006 :laugh: http://www.cleveland.com/sports/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1141896706231690.xml&coll=2 With Arrington, Browns call, but money will talk first Thursday, March 09, 2006 Tony Grossi Plain Dealer Reporter The Browns have expressed interest in former Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington, according to his agent. The question now is whether Arrington has interest in them. "Yes, they have called to ask if he's going to be available, and the kind of interest he'd have in Cleveland," agent Carl Poston said Wednesday. "I told them he wants to wait for the collective bargaining agreement to be done." Arrington was released by the Redskins on Sunday after agreeing to forfeit $4.4 million in deferred signing bonus payments. The agreement ended a six-year relationship with the Redskins that grew tumultuous the past two seasons. Arrington, 27, is free to find a new team immediately, but Poston said they want to first wait for teams to know how much money they have available to spend in free agency. Owners on Wednesday approved a six-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement, meaning each team will have an additional $7.5 million in salary cap room. Free agency will begin Saturday. Poston said Arrington will not visit a team unless it proves it is serious first. "He may want to look at money [offered] before he visits," Poston said. Arrington signed an eight-year, $68 million contract in December 2003. That deal included a $16 million signing bonus that was to be paid in stages. The linebacker will command a double-digit signing bonus this time around also. When the Browns hired Romeo Crennel as coach last year, they were hoping Crennel's stellar reputation would attract star players in free agency, such as Arrington. This will be the first test of Crennel's own star power. Poston said that a team's coach, its defensive system, its city and money "all come into play" in attracting Arrington. Arrington was the player the Browns bypassed when it chose defensive end Courtney Brown with the first pick of the 2000 draft. Arrington, Brown's teammate at Penn State, was taken second by Washington. Arrington never played in a 3-4 system in his six years in Washington, despite playing for four head coaches and four defensive coordinators. "Doesn't matter," Poston said. "He could play rugby, if he had to." The Browns' new policy is to not comment on players in free agency. To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-999-4670 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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