Team expected to make another offer

Quarterback Tim Couch thought so little of the Cleveland Browns' proposal to cut his salary by more than half that he didn't respond to it. The Browns are expected to make a second proposal.

The team's original offer would have cut Couch's salary from
$7.6 million to $3 million in 2004 and from $8 million to $3.5
million in 2005. The package also reportedly included $3 million in
bonuses and incentives tied to the team's record.

The Browns declined comment Saturday. Couch's agent, Tom Condon, could not be reached for comment.

Earlier this week, Couch said he would be willing to take a pay
cut, to a point, as long as he had assurances the money would be
used to strengthen the team.