The Browns have mapped plans for their European invasion, armed with five players signed to the roster on Wednesday.
The new troops are defensive tackle Cecil Caldwell, safety Brandon Davis, punter Kurtis Doerr, linebacker Mike Smith and receiver Kwame Cavil. Those five will head overseas to play in NFL Europe, along with defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks, H-back Chris Eitzmann, running back Carl Fair and defensive back Earthwind Moreland.
Cavil is an interesting prospect. He was one of the most successful receivers in University of Texas history, catching 174 passes for 2,279 yards. He was a second-team Associated Press All-America selection in 1999 and was a semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award. Cavil played sparingly for Buffalo as a rookie free agent in 2000.
Smith, Davis and Caldwell were in the Browns' training camp last year but failed to survive the final cut. Smith played for Davis at the University of Miami, but his promising career was derailed by a serious knee injury.
In other news, Les Miller, senior assistant of football operations, has announced his retirement after 34 years of service on the college and professional levels. Miller joined the Browns in 1998 and worked closely with Dwight Clark, director of football operations.
"I want to thank Les Miller for his dedication to the Cleveland Browns and for the sacrifices he has made on behalf of this franchise since 1998," said Clark. "Les brought us a wealth of knowledge with over 30 years in football and helped us get this franchise up and running."