BEREA, Ohio — Justin Gilbert was working on his press coverage technique with a bunch of children who were taking part in the NFL rookie symposium’s Play 60 event Friday on the Browns practice fields in Berea.
Gilbert stood in front of the receivers who were running pass patterns and taking throws from Johnny Manziel and playfully bumped them as they started their routes.
However, Gilbert currently is unsigned and won’t be allowed to start training camp on time with the Browns if the contract isn’t settled.
Gilbert is the only Browns rookie that remains unsigned. He was drafted eighth overall in May’s NFL Draft. In fact, Gilbert and Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan are the only two unsigned first-round picks. Lewan was drafted 11th overall.
During a break in the NFL rookies symposium, Gilbert was asked if he will be signed by the start of training camp in late July.
"I have no idea," Gilbert said. "They’re still working on it."
Gilbert was asked when he last spoke to his agents about the contract. He said he spoke with them on Thursday and they told him "they’re still working on it."
If Gilbert is late to camp, it could dampen Mike Pettine’s plans to put him opposite Joe Haden at cornerback in his press coverage defensive scheme.