Browns Reportedly Sign UDFA

The race for rookie free agents is on, and the Browns have made their first signing.'s Tom Marino tells the OBR this evening that the Cleveland Browns have signed their first rookie free agent, WR Mike Mason from Division 1-AA Tennessee State.

The 6'0" 190-pound Mason, whose 4.40 40-time helped capture attention (along with his 31.3 yard average on kick returns), spent his first three years at North Carolina, and was invited to this year's NFL Scouting Combine. Mason attracted a great deal of interest throughout the draft season, particularly from Green Bay and Indianapolis, although it's not know if either team offered a rookie free agent deal.

Mason's senior season was almost derailed due to a knee injury (PCL) suffered returning kicks against Jackson State in September. Despite missing three games, Mason was able to accumulate a career-high 31 catches, after making 22, 19, and 22 catches during his three years at North Carolina. The injury reduced the receiver's ability to cut, holding down his reception totals after returning for the final five games of the season.

Mason transferred to Tennessee State for his final college season, following coach James Webster, and moving away from off-the-field miscues which resulted in his dismissal from the school.

 The Rocky Mountain Telegram reported over the weekend that the Browns had informed Mason that he was on their draft board earlier this year.

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