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Sunday, June 22, 2014
Joel Bitonio, Browns agree to terms

By Pat McManamon

The Cleveland Browns are very steadily getting their draft picks signed.

The latest to agree was second-round pick Joel Bitonio, the 35th overall selection, the third pick in the second round.

Bitonio is a player the Browns are very high on, and have high hopes for. General Manager Ray Farmer singled him out when asked what players he was most excited to watch from the draft class. He is already penciled in as the starting left guard, between Joe Thomas and Alex Mack. Bitonio missed the team's minicamp with a sprained ankle, but coach Mike Pettine said he expected him to be back for training camp, which opens July 26.

The Browns now have five of their six draft picks signed, with only cornerback Justin Gilbert remaining. There is no reason he should not be signed before camp starts.