Hearst Won't Be A Brown

Running back goes back home after testing free-agent waters.

Pursued by both the Browns and Falcons, running back Garrison Hearst will be going to neither as he has re-signed with the 49ers, The Insiders has learned.

Hearst received a six-year deal that included a signing bonus of $3 million.

The Browns had a serious interest in obtaining the services of Hearst during the early portion of free agency, but backed off following Hearst's contract demands and concerns over his health.

The Browns will now turn their backfield attention to James Allen, who is in Cleveland for a visit today.

The club could also look to the early part of the draft for RB help, especially given the surprising performances of Clinton Portis and T.J. Duckett during their respective pro days.


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