The Cleveland Browns' unsigned restricted free agents have been an underlying problem with the team for several weeks. But with OTAs starting Monday for the Browns, these cases are starting to come to the surface.
RothESPN's Adam Schefter reports restricted free agent Matt Roth asked the Browns for a trade. The pass-rush specialist completed his original, five-year rookie contract last season and was given the restricted tender, which Roth says he will not sign.
Roth joins several restricted free agents in Cleveland who are unhappy about their contract situation. Starting running back Jerome Harrison, safety Abram Elam and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson also are among the players yet to sign tenders in search of contract extensions.
New Browns president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert have no attachments to these players and will have to make each decision on an individual basis. These story lines are sure to gain even further steam when the Browns host their mandatory minicamp June 10-12.