Browns, Suggs reach 5-year deal

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 14, 2003

BEREA - Rookie running back Lee Suggs agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.

The Browns selected the former Virginia Tech star in the fourth round despite knowing he would need shoulder surgery.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder underwent surgery in May, and Browns coach Butch Davis said the club won't know if Suggs can play this season until he takes a physical Thursday.

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Suggs rushed for 1,325 yards and 22 touchdowns last season for the Hokies. He had missed all but one game in 2001 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener.

Cleveland had trouble signing its draft picks because the club was insisting on them signing five-year deals. In the past, low-round picks have signed shorter deals so they didn't jeopardize their free agency.

Financial terms of Suggs' deal were not disclosed.