Browns’ Mayfield finally signs deal

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Baker Mayfield has signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns.

The top overall pick in this year’s NFL draft finalized his four-year, $32 million deal on Tuesday, a day before Cleveland’s players are scheduled to report to training camp. Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, selected with the No. 4 overall pick, remains unsigned.

One of college football’s most popular and polarizing players, Mayfield is not expected to start in his first season for Cleveland. The Browns acquired Tyrod Taylor during an offseason trade from Buffalo and plan to play him until Mayfield is ready.

Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy last season at Oklahoma after he passed for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns. The Browns chose him over several other top-tier college QBs in April’s draft.

Cleveland has spent nearly the past two decades searching for its franchise quarterback and hope Mayfield can end its quest.

The Browns went 0-16 last season.

Gurley a rich man

IRVINE, Calif. — Running back Todd Gurley agreed to a lucrative four-year contract extension through 2023 with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.

Rams general manager Les Snead confirmed a new deal for the NFL’s offensive player of the year, calling Gurley a cornerstone of a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

“He’s a big part of who we are and where we’re going,” Snead said. “It’s not only Todd, but a lot of guys we want to make Rams for a long time and be part of our core.”

The Rams didn’t announce the financial terms of the deal, but ESPN said the extension is worth $60 million, with a whopping $45 million guaranteed. That deal contains the NFL’s largest annual average value for a running back contract, resetting the market for ball-carriers such as Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott and Arizona’s David Johnson — and for Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell next year.

Brown wants Trump to cool it

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown says President Donald Trump’s numerous tweets attacking NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem have prolonged the issue, which he sees as one of the league’s biggest distractions.

Brown says he’s never met Trump and doesn’t think he should offer the president advice. The Bengals owner noted at the team’s annual preseason luncheon Tuesday that the NFL and the players’ association are trying to develop an anthem policy that would hopefully please not only owners and players, but the fans and the president, too.

Brown says that Trump’s tweets have worked against finding a resolution to the issue. He says the president has “stirred the pot” for political reasons, putting the league in an unfavorable light.

Raiders tackle hurting

NAPA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have placed starting left tackle Donald Penn on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.

The Raiders hold their first training camp practice on Friday. Penn is recovering from a season-ending foot injury that forced him to undergo surgery and is not quite ready at the start of camp.