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CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have signed rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft, to a 4-year contract.

The deal also contains a fifth-year club option.

Mingo's agent, Jeff Guerriero, finalized the $16 million package with the Browns early Sunday. Mingo had been the team's only unsigned rookie as the sides battled over "offset" language. The Browns were able to keep the language in the contract, which means they will not have to pay him the remainder of his deal if he is cut before it expires and signs with another team.

Mingo will receive his entire signing bonus by December.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Mingo played in 40 games at LSU. He made 15 starts and recorded 119 tackles and 15 sacks.

The Browns plan to play him at outside linebacker to best use his speed.

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