The Cleveland Browns' latest free-agency pickup arrived at the team's practice facility in style Tuesday morning.
Dylan Sutcliffe, a nine-year-old defensive end diagnosed with ataxia telangiectasia (A-T), left a limousine and went into immediate and vigorous contract discussions with Browns president Alec Scheiner, per ClevelandBrowns.com.
After some chatting and tape discussion, Dylan agreed to terms, with general manager Ray Farmer announcing his signing to the public.
"We're excited to add another quality player to our roster as we prepare for the 2015 season," Farmer said. "When we first connected with Dylan, it was clear he was a competitor who had all of the right attributes to be a contributor to our team."
Dylan then made some brief announcements to the assembled press, speaking on his lifelong love of the franchise and the general awesomeness of being a pro football player:
A career starter, Dylan said he's looking to take someone's job:
He left the press conference to riotous cheers, per the Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich:
Will Dylan get along with his new teammates? Cornerback Joe Haden appears determined to make the Lyndhurst, Ohio, native's adjustment to the Browns locker room as painless as possible:
He's also gearing up and making friends with his favorite player, nose tackle Phil Taylor:
Dylan and his four-year-old brother Sean have both been diagnosed with A-T, an autoimmune disease that weakens motor skills and the body's ability to fend off illness. Dylan's family contacted the Make-A-Wish foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in the hopes of making his wish to be on an NFL roster come true.
That wish has been granted, and more importantly, the Cleveland Browns have a new, multitool trench warrior among their ranks.
"Dylan is definitely a young man who has all of the 'Play Like a Brown' traits, particularly through his passion, toughness and relentlessness," head coach Mike Pettine said. "We look forward to seeing him bring that energy to practice this afternoon."
Dan is on Twitter. He'd like to see Dylan play in a floating, J.J. Watt-style capacity.