It's easy to dismiss Cleveland's disastrous one-win season, but not every aspect of the campaign was total wreckage.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team has placed a second-round tender on the fourth-year pro worth $2.81 million, per sources informed of the situation. Tender aside, the sides continue to work on a long-term deal that would replace the tender entirely.
Cleveland and Crowell have been negotiating a new contract for months before hitting a "stalemate" in January, according to Rapoport.
The undrafted Crowell finished the year as the league's 15th-leading rusher, pounding out 952 yards at a healthy 4.8 yards per carry. His eight totes of 20-plus yards ranked fifth in the NFL, but the 24-year-old trailed off down the stretch before exploding for 152 yards in Week 17.
It makes sense, though, to re-sign Crowell and see if he can grow further off last year's mostly promising turn under coach Hue Jackson.