Browns sign first-round pick CB Justin Gilbert

By John Breech |

There won't be any holdout for Justin Gilbert. (USATSI)
There won't be any holdout for Justin Gilbert. (USATSI)

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There were 256 players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft and as of Wednesday, 255 of them are officially under contract.

The Browns have signed eighth overall pick Justin Gilbert, the team announced, leaving Titans first-rounder Taylor Lewan as the only unsigned player from May's draft.

Like all first-rounders, Gilbert will sign a four-year deal with a team-option for a fifth-year. Gilbert will make about $12.8 million in fully guaranteed money over the first four years of the deal, including an $7.65 million signing bonus. senior writer Pete Prisco gave the Gilbert pick a C, noting that he thought there were at least two better corners than Gilbert in the draft. At eighth overall, Gilbert was the first cornerback taken, followed by Kyle Fuller going to the Bears at No. 14.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer probably wouldn't give himself a 'C' for the pick. Back in May, Farmer said he's excited for his new secondary.

"Joe Haden, Justin Gilbert, (free agent addition) Donte Whitner -- I'm getting excited," Farmer said. "I probably shouldn't go there. We're excited about having corners that we think can go out, play press, get after people and give us a chance to turn the ball over. We've improved our defense."

Gilbert is one of two first-round picks the Browns made in May's draft, however, he's made slightly fewer headlines this summer than the other guy. That 'other guy' signed his rookie deal on June 17 -- starting the summer of Johnny.

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