The Cleveland Browns today re-signed running back Brandon Jackson to a one-year contract, the club announced. The team also signed their 2013 sixth-round draft pick, defensive back Jamoris Slaughter to a four-year contract. In addition, the club signed a pair of undrafted free agents, wide receiver Michael Edwards and defensive back Kenronte Walker.
The Browns also waived defensive back Eric Hagg, linebacker Ryan Rau and running back Robbie Rouse.
Originally drafted by Green Bay in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2007 NFL draft, Jackson has seen action in 54 games with 16 starts, and has rushed for 1,383 yards on 355 carries with seven touchdowns. He has also caught 112 passes for 864 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2010, Jackson opened 13 contests and set career highs in nearly every category, including rushing attempts (190), rushing yards (703), rushing touchdowns (3), receptions (43) and receiving yards (844) as the Packers captured Super Bowl XLI. He was also one of the best running backs in pass protection that season as his combined number of sacks and quarterback hits allowed was one out of 100 snaps in which he was pass blocking.
That figure tied for fifth among all running backs with at least 75 pass blocking snaps. Jackson signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent from Green Bay in 2011, but missed the entire 2011 campaign with a toe injury. During the 2012 season, Jackson appeared in two games and rushed for 54 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 20 yards.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, the 5-10, 216-pound Jackson attended Horn Lake (Miss.) High School and was a three-year letterman at the University of Nebraska (2004-06).
Selected in the sixth round (175th overall), Slaughter appeared in 39 games with 19 starts at the University of Notre Dame (2009-12). He totaled 98 career tackles, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, two sacks and one fumble recovery. Slaughter started the first three games as a senior before an Achilles injury ended his season. He saw action in all 13 games with 10 starts at safety as a junior and totaled 45 tackles, one interception, two passes defensed, two sacks and a forced fumble.
Born December 22, 1989, the 6-0, 190-pound Slaughter is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia and attended Tucker High School. Edwards was initially signed by the Browns on April 30, 2013, and was waived on May 13 after participating in the team’s rookie minicamp. He was a two-year starter at the University of Texas-El Paso (2011-12) after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College (2010) in Walnut, California. He recorded 101 career receptions for 1,477 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons at UTEP.
Born December 14, 1989, the 5-11, 200-pound Edwards is a native of Glendora, California, where he attended Glendora High School. A two-year letterman at safety at the University of Missouri (2011-12),
Walker appeared in 25 games, recording 115 tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble, one pass defensed and three defensive fumble recoveries. Walker redshirted the 2010 season after transferring from City College of San Francisco, where he notched 36 tackles, five pass breakups, two sacks and one interception in two seasons (2008-09).
Born July 28, 1990, the 6-0, 210-pound Walker is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., where he attended Westover High School.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with former Arizona quarterback Brian Hoyer. Hoyer, cut earlier this week by the Cardinals, is expected to compete for a backup job behind either Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell.
The Browns also have third-stringer Thaddeus Lewis on their roster. Hoyer, who is from the Cleveland area, has made just one career start in four NFL seasons.
After playing at Michigan State, Hoyer signed with New England in 2009 and spent three seasons behind Tom Brady.
He signed with Pittsburgh before being released and was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals.
Earlier Thursday, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he was pleased with the progress of his quarterbacks, but did not rule out bringing another one in for training camp.
(Opening statement)- “Thanks for coming. We had a really productive week. I am really pleased with the tempo that the guys have practiced with. Their approach, again, has been outstanding. We got a lot done this week.
As far as the OTAs themselves, the structure of it has been that we bring them in, they have a lift session. We get a chance to meet with them for an extended period of time where we will correct the previous tape as well as install for a particular day.
Then we have a chance to come out here and practice. The past three days we have done that. We’ve had a chance, situation primarily, where we have been working on our first and second down packages, offensively, defensively and then really getting into some third downs. We got into some shorter third downs the first day of the week.
There have been some medium third downs and some longer third downs. We are in process of installing those situations. It’s been a good week for us. It’s been good to get a chance to go out on the field against each other and see guy’s execution.
That’s been the focus and really what we are trying to work on and see the execution level after being in phase two, which is basically working on air, for the past three weeks.”
(On why Shawn Lauvao is playing left guard and if that change is permanent)- “We are moving guys around at the guard position. (Jason) Pinkston has been back. Just this week is his first week back so he is not getting the normal amount of reps. We will slowly work him into it. We are working all the guards at all the different spots.”
(On if the guards need to get outside a lot in the run game)- “They need to be able to block inside, pass block and be able to get outside as pullers as well.” (On if they did a lot of pulling with the guards)- “We did. That’s part of what the install was this particular day, the plays where you saw those guys getting outside a lot.”
(On Buster Skrine)- “I think he’s done a good job. Again, it’s only been a couple days here going against guys. He’s worked at it and he shows a lot of the skills from the corner position that you like. He’s got feet, he’s competitive so it’s just the process of learning the defense and just honing up on the fundamentals and techniques.”
(On how Brandon Weeden has been able to translate from the classroom to the field)- “I think he’s done a good job with that. It starts, really with those guys with calling the play. Getting in the huddle and being able to go through that process. We had a play clock, I don’t know if you guy’s noticed.
We’ve had a play clock out here on them to really try to really work on that tempo because that’s the difference. Guys can learn it indoors in the classroom and the application out here is what we are looking for. Part of that is the process of having to do it when there is a time constraint going on. That’s a big part of it.”
(On if the offense needs to be at the line at a certain point on the play clock)- “Not necessarily at the line. When we break the huddle, we set it for different times and that has progressively gone down as the week has gone on.
We will get it down to where they are breaking it at 13 or 12, which that is kind of a stress situation where you have to move things along quickly. That is kind of what we are putting on those guys right now.”
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Browns are giving Armonty Bryant another chance. Bryant, arrested last week for driving under the influence in Oklahoma, was among 49 players participating Friday on the first day of a three-day rookie minicamp.
The seventh-round draft pick was on the field along with first-round pick Barkevious Mingo, third-rounder Leon McFadden and others as coach Rob Chudzinski and Cleveland's coaching staff got their first look at the team's newest players.
Bryant pleaded guilty to a DUI charge earlier this week, and there had been speculation about whether he would be released by the team.
The Browns took a risk in drafting the 6-foot-4, 263-pound Bryant, who was arrested on a felony charge last year at East Central Oklahoma for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer on campus.
Bryant was given a deferred one-year jail sentence after pleading no contest to the DUI charge. He is also required to attend a victim impact panel, obtain a substance abuse assessment and pay $1,136 in court costs. Bryant is expected to speak with the media following practice.
Reporters were only permitted to watch 30 minutes of the workout, which began outside but was moved into the team's indoor because of heavy rain.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, whose Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain is under federal investigation for fraud, was on the field watching Cleveland's draft picks, unsigned free agents and others work out.
Browns cornerback Joe Haden, outside linebacker Paul Kruger and wide receiver Greg Little were also in attendance. Kruger and Haden have younger brothers who are getting tryouts with the Browns
. Most of the attention was on Mingo, the LSU pass rusher taken with the No. 6 overall pick.
The Cleveland Browns today announced the signing of 18 undrafted free agents. The group includes five wide receivers, five offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, two defensive backs, two tight ends and one running back.
Aaron Adams – Four year letterman at Eastern Kentucky University (2009-12)… Appeared in 44 games, as he started contests at both right and left tackle… Helped the Colonels finish No. 16 in FCS coaches poll in 2012 en route to earning a third team AP All-America selection… Attended John I. Leonard High School in Florida, and Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.
Perez Ashford – Appeared in 48 career games at Northern Illinois University (2009-12)… Totaled 110 career receptions for 1,192 yards, while adding 83 yards rushing and 410 return yards for 1,685 all-purpose yards… Added four receiving touchdowns and one punt return for a score… Caught 34 passes for 373 yards and one touchdown as a senior… Attended Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School.
Josh Aubrey – A four-time all-conference selection at Stephen F. Austin University (2009-12)… Started 46 of the 47 games in which he saw action and totaled 255 tackles, seven interceptions, 29 passes defensed and 3.5 sacks… As a senior, recorded 65 tackles, two interceptions, eight passes defensed, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble… Attended Lee High School in Houston, Texas.
Braxston Cave – Four year letterman at the University of Notre Dame (2009-12)… Started 35 of 48 career games and also served as the team’s long snapper… Part of an offensive line that helped the Irish average more than 200 yards per game in both rushing and receiving during the 2012 regular season… Attended Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Jamaine Cook – Played four years Youngtown State University (2009-12) and finished second in school history with 4,052 rushing yards and 20 individual 100-yard rushing performances, while adding 39 touchdowns on 811 attempts… Totaled more than 1,200 rushing yards and 11 rushing scores in each of his three seasons as a starter… Rushed for 1,279 yards with 15 touchdowns on 279 carries in 2012… Attended Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
Dominique Croom – Finished career at the University of Central Arkansas (2009-12) fifth in school history in receptions (153) and sixth in receiving yards (1,941), while appearing in 47 games… As a senior, caught 53 passes for 711 yards and eight touchdowns… Attended Cherokee (Indiana) High School.
Keenan Davis – Appeared in 48 games at the University of Iowa (2009-12)… Totaled 112 career receptions for 1,470 yards and seven touchdowns… As a senior, registered 47 receptions for 571 yards with one touchdown… Attended Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mike Edwards – Two-year starter at the University of Texas-El Paso (2011-12) after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College (2010) in Walnut, California… Compiled 101 receptions for 1,477 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons at UTEP… Helped Mt. San Antonio College to the 2010 state and national championship… Attended Glendora (California) High School.
Paipai Falemalu – Four year letterman at the University of Hawaii (2009-12)… Totaled 161 career tackles, 16.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumble in 41 contests… Tied for the team lead with 56 tackles as a senior, while adding five sacks… Attended Kahuku High School on the island of O‘ahu in Hawaii. Chris Faulk – Appeared in 26 games at LSU (2009, 2011-12) with 16 starts… Spent time at both left and right tackle… Appeared in just one game as a junior (2012) after suffering a knee injury in practice… Attended Northshore High School in Slidell, Louisiana.
Caylin Hauptmann – Started all 37 games he played at Florida International University (2010-12) at left tackle… Spent one season at the College of Canyons (2009) in Santa Clarita, California, before transferring to FIU… Attended Beverly Hills (California) High School. Garrett Hoskins – Four year letterman at Eastern Michigan University (2009-12)… Finished career with 74 catches for 1,135 yards and eight touchdowns… As a senior, led the Eagles in receptions with 38, while adding 542 yards and three touchdowns… Attended Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dave Kruger – Started 37 of 49 career games at the University of Utah (2009-12)… Totaled 116 career tackles, 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble… Brother, Paul, is a linebacker for the Browns and brother, Joe, was selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round in this year’s draft… Attended Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah.
Cordell Roberson – Finished career at Stephen F. Austin University (2009-12) as the school's all-time leader in receptions (221), receiving yards (3,191) and touchdown catches (39)… His 39 touchdown receptions also set a Southland Conference record… Recorded 77 receptions for 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games as a senior… Attended Jefferson (Texas) High School.
Justin Staples – Appeared in 48 games at the University of Illinois (2009-12)… Totaled 62 career tackles, 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery… Attended St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.
Travis Tannahill – Four year letterman at Kansas State University (2009-12)… Appeared in 51 games recording 42 receptions for 528 yards with three touchdowns… Earned first team All-Big 12 honors (Coaches, AP) as a senior and earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated… Attended Olathe East High School in Overland Park, Kansas.
Ricky Tunstall – Four year letterman at the University of Delaware (2009-12)… Saw action in 44 contests with 12 starts, registering 101 tackles, nine interceptions, eight passes defensed and one sack… Returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns, including a 91-yard return… Native of Bridgeton, N.J., who attended Glassboro (N.J.) High School.
Martin Wallace – Three year letterman at Temple University (2010-12), where he started in all 36 games that he appeared at both right and left tackle… Transferred to Temple from Northeastern after the school dropped its football program… Second-team All-Big East selection at right tackle as a senior… Native of New York, N.Y., where he attended the Beacon School.
-The Browns traded their fourth round pick (111th overall) to Pittsburgh for the Steelers’ 2014 third round pick.
-Cleveland also traded its fifth round selection (139th overall) to Indianapolis for the Colts’ 2014 fourth round choice.
- The last time the Browns selected defensive players with each of their first four picks in the draft was in 1988, when the club used its first five selections on defensive players.
- Defensive back Jamoris Slaughter is the 14th player selected by the Browns from Notre Dame and first since quarterback Brady Quinn was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft.
- Defensive lineman Armonty Bryant joins guard Ed Stewart as the only players selected by the Browns from East Central Oklahoma. Stewart was a 14th round selection in 1972.
-Offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey joins Bennie Francis (15th round by Minnesota in 1970) and Don Beebe (3rd round Buffalo 1989) as the only players from Chadron State to be selected in the NFL draft.
-During Gilkey’s junior and senior seasons at Aurora (Ill.) Christian High School, Beebe served as his head football head coach. This year marked the first time since 2008 that the Browns did not draft a running back or fullback.
Cleveland Browns 2013 Draft Class
Round Overall Pos. Name College
1 6 LB Barkevious Mingo LSU
3 68 CB Leon McFadden San Diego State
6 175 S Jamoris Slaughter Notre Dame
7 217 DE Armonty Bryant East Central Oklahoma
7 227 OL Garrett Gilkey Chadron St.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Browns have acquired veteran wide receiver Davone Bess in a trade from the Miami Dolphins.
The deal, which has been rumored for several days, can't be finalized until Bess passes a physical, Browns general manager Michael Lombardi said Friday night. Lombardi added the Browns have discussed giving Bess a three-year contract extension.
To get Bess, the Browns traded their fourth-round pick (No. 104) and fifth-round (No. 164) to the Dolphins for Miami's fourth-round pick (No. 111) and a seventh-rounder (No. 217).
Bess spent five seasons with Miami, catching at least 50 passes each season. He had 61 receptions for 778 yards and one touchdown in 13 games last season. Bess gives the Browns quality depth at a troublesome position the past few seasons.
(BEREA) – The Cleveland Browns selected defensive end Barkevious Mingo with the sixth overall pick of the NFL Draft during Thursday’s first round. Mingo, a defensive end, played at Louisiana State University.
Heading into Thursday’s first round Mingo was certainly a target for the Browns, but multiple reports said Cleveland may trade back into the first round or draft West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
Left tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan was the first overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
The Browns currently do not have a second round pick.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was on hand at Browns Headquarters on Thursday for the NFL Draft evening despite his company Pilot Flying J being under federal investigation.
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(New Orleans) - From the mountaintops of Peru, former Cleveland Brown Scott Fujita has retired.
The Super Bowl-winning linebacker later enmeshed in the Saints bounty scandal signed a one-day contract with New Orleans and retired Monday. The Saints provided the document and Fujita signed it while on a trip with former teammate Scott Gleason, who is battling ALS.
"What better place to reach the end of the road than here at 10,000 feet above sea level, in the Peruvian Andes overlooking Machu Picchu with my dear friend Steve Gleason?" Fujita said.
The 33-year-old Fujita finished his career with the Cleveland Browns, but was implicated and even suspended for one game by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in what the league called a performance pool designed to knock targeted opponents out of games from 2009 to 2011. Fujita later was essentially absolved of blame by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
He spent three seasons with Kansas City, one in Dallas, then four seasons with the Saints, winning the 2009 NFL championship. Fujita was the first player signed by New Orleans when Sean Payton became coach in 2006.
"He was a cornerstone of the foundation that we've built, and we won a world championship together," Payton said. "It's been said that when you win a championship together, you walk together for the rest of your lives, and that's certainly appropriate to celebrate on a day like today."
Fujita left for Cleveland as a free agent in 2010 and spent the last three seasons with the Browns.
"I've been fortunate to play in this league for a long time and for some great organizations, but there is no doubt that my times spent in New Orleans were some of the best years of my life," Fujita said in explaining why he retired as a Saint. "The way the team and the community embraced us when we first arrived, and the way they continue to do so, even today, shows how deep this connection is."
Fujita played in 143 regular-season games, making 917 tackles (617 solo) along with 23 1-2 sacks. He had 11 forced fumbles, seven interception returns for 65 yards, and three fumble recoveries. Fujita played in six postseason games, getting 36 tackles (26 solo) and one fumble recovery.
A member of the NFL Players Association's executive committee, he was a leader for the players during the 2011 lockout.
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