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Thomas, Wright agree to terms

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer

07.26.2007

The Browns agreed to terms with first-round pick Joe Thomas and second-rounder Eric Wright Thursday night, and both are expected to be signed and present when full-squad training camp opens Friday afternoon.

Thomas, the draft's third overall pick, and Wright, whom the Browns traded back into the second round to get, will enter camp for fighting for starting jobs at their respective positions.

Thomas is set to sign a six-year deal that's voidable after five. Wright will sign for four years.

The Browns picked Thomas with hopes of making him the "franchise" left tackle they haven't had since returning to the league in 1999. The former Wisconsin standout combines great size (6-foot-6, 315) and strength with rare athleticism.

A three-year starter at Wisconsin, Thomas was a consensus All-American and won the Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding lineman last fall.

The drafting of Wright filled a pressing need for the Browns and also gave them one of their top-ranked players remaining in the draft at any position. Wright (5-foot-10, 195) was one of the most athletically gifted cornerbacks available in this draft and will enter camp looking to build on an outstanding spring he had participating in OTA practices and a pair of minicamps.

Wright, who turned 22 earlier this week, played just 22 college games at USC and UNLV before entering the draft. He started as a freshman on USC's 2004 national championship team, then played nine games at UNLA last fall.

He figures to battle Kenny Wright and Daven Holly for the starting job opposite Leigh Bodden.