Former Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib finally signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns Wednesday afternoon.
The 2016 third-round pick agreed to a four-year deal worth approximately $3.2 million and a signing bonus just shy of $890,000, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. He was Cleveland’s final 2016 draft pick to sign his rookie deal.
Nassib was selected 65th overall by the Browns last spring, but missed mandatory minicamp with an undisclosed injury. Nassib’s pass rushing ability is tantalizing and he led all of Division I with 15.5 sacks last season with the Nittany Lions.
Cleveland Browns head of football operations, Sashi Brown, was clearly enthused by Nassib’s potential and compared him to a former Big Ten opponent, who is now in San Diego.
“If you’re an interior lineman, that’s a nightmare to handle,” Brown said of Nassib, according to Cabot. “He plays with a relentless motor. I know people talked about that with (Joey) Bosa at the top of the draft. Nassib probably has as good a motor if not better.”
Nassib went from being a walk-on at State College to breaking Penn State’s single-season sack record last season. Now that his rookie contract is officially signed, Nassib can focus on doing what he does best: Creating havoc for opposing quarterbacks.
— Carl Nassib (@CarlNassib) June 29, 2016