Browns RB Isaiah Crowell Signs RFA Tender

Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has signed his restricted free agent tender, according to his agents as Universal Sports Management (Twitter link).Isaiah Crowell (vertical)

Because Crowell was tendered at the second-round level, he’s scheduled to earn a non-guaranteed $2.746MM base salary for the 2017 season. While Crowell reportedly drew interest as an RFA earlier this year, it was always unlikely another team would sacrifice a second-round pick in order to add a running back with limited results at the NFL level. Crowell didn’t attend early Cleveland workouts in April (perhaps in something of a mini-protest), but he’s now under contract and set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Crowell, 24, is coming off the best season of his three-year career, as he posted career highs in carries, rushing yards, and receiving yards while scoring seven touchdowns. He’ll return as the Browns’ lead ball-carrier in a backfield that also includes Duke Johnson Jr., George Atkinson, Darius Jackson, and seventh-round pick Matthew Dayes.

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