OHIO – Ohio State signed its second-round pick in 2018 to a four-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.
The 6-foot-2, 242-pound Ellerbes deal is worth $4.5 million, according to a source familiar with the deal.
It is the second contract signed by the Buckeyes after the team added a fourth-round selection in 2018.
The Buckeyes also picked up a third-round 2017 fifth-rounder in 2019.
Ellerbes is the fourth Ohio State defensive end to sign with the Browns this season.
The Buckeyes have three more 2017 fifth rounders and two more 2018 fourth-rounder.
Ellers new deal is the largest contract for any Ohio State player to come in the first five rounds of the NFL draft.
The 2016 fifth-round draft pick from Wisconsin was one of the Buckeye’s top defensive ends in 2016.
Ellerbs production in 2017 was a bit disappointing due to injuries to his two tackles and five sacks.
He was able to lead the Buckeys defense with four sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
The Browns have a lot of needs at the position after the departure of Kevin Zeitler.
He signed a two-year deal with the Bengals in 2018 and struggled with injuries.
The Ohio State defense also needs help at cornerback.
The team signed veteran Chris Kirksey to a two year deal in 2019 and the team also signed veteran Kevin King to a three-year extension in 2020.
Eliberbes deal was the fifth contract signed for a Buckeye since the 2017 draft.