Tender deadline is approaching

Expect several contract signings in Cleveland over the next 48 hours.

Five restricted free agents for the Browns have yet to sign their tenders, and they have until Tuesday before the team can reduce those offers. Last week the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the Browns notified running back Jerome Harrison, fullback Lawrence Vickers, safety Abram Elam and linebackers D'Qwell Jackson and Matt Roth of their intention to cut 2010 salaries if the players fail to meet the deadline.

This is a hardball tactic by Cleveland to get its key players under contract. All of these restricted free agents are possible starters and want multi-year deals. But talks have gone nowhere thus far.

If any of these players do not sign their tenders, the Browns can change the offer to a 10-percent raise over last year's base salary, which would cost four of these five players more than $1 million.