May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) poses for a photo with his jersey after being selected as the number eight overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Why Hasn't Justin Gilbert Signed with the Browns?


There are four draft picks in the entire 2014 class that have yet to sign on the dotted line with their respective team, and Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert is the highest remaining pick unsigned.

The new collective bargaining agreement has left little for agents and front offices to negotiate, but apparently Gilbert’s camp is squabbling over offset language. This allows the team to reduce the player’s fully guaranteed pay if the player gets released by the team that drafted him and then signed by another team.

When asked if he’d be signed by the time training camp starts, Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick, said via Fox Sports Ohio“I have no idea. They’re still working on it.”

Gilbert may be holding out because Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who was taken one spot higher than Gilbert,  was able to partially get around the offset language, according to Pro Football Talk.

Gilbert took part in the NFL Play 60 event at Cleveland Browns headquarters Friday. The event is part of the NFL Rookie Symposium, which has taken place all week in Aurora, Ohio. Teammate Johnny Manziel was also at the camp and addressed criticism over his much-publicized weekends.

First-round Titans tackle Taylor Lewan, Jags wideout Marqise Lee (39th) and third-round tackle Billy Turner (Dolphins) are the other three players left unsigned.

How concerned are you Gilbert hasn’t signed his contract yet?

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  • Jared Mueller

    I am a little. Offset language is only important if you get cut… Got to have confidence you won’t right?