NFL sources tell the OBR that the Cleveland Browns are looking for some free agent help, giving an indication of where the team is concerned about the bottom of their roster.
According to our sources, the team tried out three wide receivers and four defensve backs last Tuesday. An injury to S Brodney Pool, as well as having S Mike Adams dinged up, may have the team concerned about their depth at the position. DB Gary Baxter is likely to play safety, but is likewise uncertain in the short term.
At safety, the Browns are looking at veterans who might be able to come in and contribute immediately.
Defensive backs tried out by the Browns included Hanik Milligan and Shaun Williams. Milligan, originally from the US Virgin Islands, was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round in 2003, and spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals. Williams is a veteran, with ten years of NFL experience, most recently with the Carolina Panthers. The team also tried out J.R. Reed (four year veteran most recently with the Eagles) and Tony Parrish, another well-travelled veteran with a decade of experience in the NFL.
In addition to safeties, the Browns have also recently looked at some wide receivers. The team has concerns about depth at the WR position, particularly given the problems that former Giant Tim Carter has had holding onto the ball.
Among the players the Browns have looked are Derrick Hamilton, a former third-round pick with the 49ers, who most recently spent some time with the Falcons. WR Jeremy Bloom also got a look-see from the team. Bloom also had recent try-outs with Tampa Bay and the Eagles. Our sources tell us that the team also looked at veteran WR Kevin Kaspar (Lions, Cardinals).
While the Browns may not sign any of these players, it provides an indication where the team might have in interest in doing some roster changes, particularly if the team's safeties are slow to heal.