Barkevious Mingo 's fifth-year contract option was not picked up by the Cleveland Browns , Cleveland.com reports.
Mingo has managed just seven sacks in three seasons since being the sixth overall pick in 2013, so it's no surprise that the Browns declined his option, which would have paid him around $12 million in 2017. As a result, Mingo will become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming campaign, when he'll aim to improve his pass rushing numbers with the help of about 20 pounds of muscle added this offseason.
Barkevious Mingo has bulked up from 240 pounds to 260 pounds, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
The sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Mingo showed some promise with his five-sack rookie season, but he has just two sacks in 31 games over the past two years. He'll primarily be competing with Paul Kruger and Nate Orchard for snaps at outside linebacker, but the Cleveland Browns may also add more talent in the upcoming draft. Mingo apparently hopes that the added weight will help him shed the 'bust' label in the final year of his rookie contract.
Less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery,
Mingo participated in drills, but is not expected to play in the team's final preseason game. Browns coach Mike Pettie was optimistic, however, that Mingo could play in the regular season opener on Sept. 13.
"I think that target is still up in the air, but it could be for the opener," he said.
The injury, which happened during practice Tuesday, was confirmed by an MRI on Wednesday. Mingo likely will miss four weeks as he recovers, but could be ready for the season opener on Sept. 13.
Mingo has seven sacks in two NFL seasons after being selected with the No. 6 pick in the draft in 2013. He was being pushed by undrafted linebacker Scott Solomon in training camp.
Coach Mike Pettine said that he will know more about Mingo's status on Thursday.
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|P3||8/26/16||@ TB||8:00 pm|
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