Trying to identify the rookie free agents signed by the Browns has become an annual sport for Browns fans on Bernie's Insiders, as evidenced by an amazing thread in The Watercooler, where the dawgs there have flushed out many of the signings. Thanks to their efforts, some of our own sleuthing such as David Carducci's reports from Kent state, and the ever-vigilant Raw.Feed, we believe that we've identified most of the new players who will be brought to Berea later this week for the team's first mini-camp.
In past years, we've been disappointed or fooled by some players who have failed to pass the team's physical, which seems to happen once or twice each year due to lingering injuries.
None of the players listed below have actually signed their contracts yet, having merely agreed to them. They will sign the deals on Thursday, when they arrive in Berea. The unsigned nature of the deals provides another small opportunity for surprises, such as Josh Cribbs brief dalliance with the Redskins we reported yesterday.
With all those caveats aside, here is the latest list that we have of players who have agreed to deals with the Browns. Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel have said that the team intends to sign about a dozen rookie free agents, which indicates that this list is either complete or nearly so.
Keep an eye on Hot News for further developments.
Believed to be Signed
Kevin Carberry, DE, Ohio
The Bobcat defensive end will try to get a role in Cleveland, according to newspaper reports out of Athens.
Jamall Johnson, LB, Northwestern State
The Divison 1-AA standout will shift to safety as he tries to make the big leap to the NFL
Eric Mahl, LB, Kent State
Bernie's Insiders as first to report that the Browns have signed the KSU Golden Flash linebacker
Matt Pusateri, SS, Miami (Ohio)
An over-achieving defensive back who doesn't impress with his measurables, but shines on the field
Clint Stickdorn, OT, Cincinnati
According to the Cincinnati Post, the Browns have signed big (6-6,327) offensive tackle to a rookie free agent deal.
Danny Wimprine, QB, Memphis
Before the draft, we relayed that QB Coach Rip Scherer had told Wimprine that he would voice his desire to bring the Memphis QB (who he recruited to Memphis) to the Browns. He lived up to his word, and Wimprine will get a chance to show the Browns what he can do.