Isaiah Crowell Update  By Stephen Siracusa

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Updated: July 26, 2017

 

Isaiah Crowell is heading into his contract year and disappointed to not yet agree to a long-term deal with the Cleveland Browns, the 24 year old running back Isaiah Crowell has brought in heavy hitter Drew Rosenhaus to represent him and to help him get paid with a long term deal.

Crowell, signed his one-year tender to stay with the team worth $2.746 million in May. Doing everything positive and staying under the radar is what every team is looking for; a productive running back with no distractions. He joined the voluntary off-season program shortly thereafter, has parted ways with Universal Sports Management agents Robert Brown and Kevin Conner, and has signed with Rosenhaus Sports hoping for the best.

Rosenhaus welcomed Crowell to the family on his Twitter account Sunday.

Rosenhaus represents Browns cornerback Joe Haden, and has repped many high-profile Browns, including Kellen Winslow and Terrelle Pryor. After last season, the Browns felt Rosenhaus was asking too much for Pryor and they let him leave for the Redskins.

Sources said he was seeking in the $12 million a year range, and the Browns were offering $8 million. He eventually signed a one-year, $8 million deal in Washington, which included a $2 million signing bonus.

Rosenhaus has also represented Josh Gordon, who can re-apply for reinstatement in September, and Johnny Manziel — but parted ways with both.

If Crowell, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State in 2014, doesn’t sign a long-term extension before March 14, 2018, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

If the Browns haven’t had a preliminary discussion with Rosenhaus yet about Crowell’s situation, it will likely happen soon.

As it was, the Browns were negotiating with Crowell’s previous agents throughout the off-season. He just hasn’t been able to reach an agreement in the way Joel Bitonio, Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey and others have.

“Both sides, we’re trying to get something done, but we’re trying to get it done right,” Crowell said in May. “Everybody wants a long-term deal. That was one of my goals, but I’m just here right now trying to get better with my team and trying to have a winning season.”

Coach Hue Jackson, who has high expectations for Crowell this season, talked to his workhorse back after he skipped the beginning of the voluntary program while waiting to sign his tender.

“We all want to make those things happen as we go throughout this, and we don’t know that it can or it won’t,” Jackson said in May. “But I know this: You can’t do anything if you’re not here participating and playing. I think there’s all kind of ways to handle things, but these are his teammates and the guys he’s going to fight with this year, so he needs to be around them. He made the decision to be back here, and he’s done an outstanding job.”

With Jackson’s renewed commitment to the run, Crowell plans to top his 952-yard season from last year.

“I know the type of coordinator Hue is,” Crowell said. “He likes to run the ball. I feel like it’s going to be a monster year.”

Jackson urged Crowell to “go take it to another level. The guy had almost 1,000 yards a year ago when I didn’t hand him the ball. What can he have if I do hand him the ball? I’ve just got to turn around and give it to him, let him make it happen.”

Crowell averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season, and scored seven times.

“I think Crowell is poised for a big year,” said Jackson. “I think he deserves it. He worked extremely hard a year ago. … Our running game needs to come to the forefront.”