BEREA--With all the talk of a possible trade for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Browns made their first venture into free agency.
They signed offensive lineman Alvin Bailey and linebacker Justin Tuggle.
Entering his fourth NFL season out of Arkansas, Bailey (6-3, 320) was originally signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Bailey has appeared in 42 regular season games with eight starts for the Seahawks. He also appeared in eight postseason contests with two starts. He has earned starts at RT, LT and LG and appeared as a reserve at RG during his career. He appeared in 15 regular season games last season with three starts.
Bailey started five games in 2014 and helped the Seahawks lead the NFL and set a franchise record with 2,762 rushing yards. As a rookie, he appeared as a reserve in 14 regular season contests and all three postseason games (one start), while helping Seattle win Super Bowl XLVIII. Bailey started 38 games at Arkansas and blocked for the school’s first single-season combination 3,000-yard passer (Ryan Mallett) and 1,000-yard rusher (Knile Davis).
Bailey was the 20th ranked offensive guard by Scout.com among free agents and ranked 203rd overall.
Tuggle (6-3, 245) is entering his fourth NFL season out of Kansas State. Originally signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Tuggle has appeared in 42 games with 11 starts for the Texans. He has logged 52 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception, while adding 19 stops on special teams. Last year, he started two of his 11 games and registered 13 tackles, one fumble recovery and five special-teams tackles. Tuggle started his collegiate career as a quarterback at Boston College and played one season on defense after transferring to KSU. Tuggle’s father, Jessie, played 14 seasons as a LB with Atlanta and was selected to five Pro Bowls. His brother, Grady Jarrett, is a DL for the Falcons.
Tuggle was the 23rd ranked inside linebacker available by Scout.com among free agents. Both Bailey and Tuggle are listed as restricted free agents.