The Browns today officially announced the fifteeen undrafted rookie free agents who they have signed to contracts. Here is the listing, adapted from the reports we've been providing since Sunday evening:
|CB||Jerrid Gaines||Miami (OH)||Dayton Daily News|
|QB||Craig Hormann||Columbia||ESPN and the Columbia Official Site|
|TE||Kolo Kapanui||West Texas A&M||Star Bulletin|
|CB||Gerard Lawson||Oregon State||Oregon Live|
|OL||James Lee||South Carolina St||thetandd.com|
|WR||Lance Leggett||Miami (FL)||TheLedger.com|
|DE||Chase Ortiz||TCU||Adam Caplan (Scout.com)|
|CB||Robbie Powell||Purdue||Journal and Chronicle Online|
|K||Jason Reda||Illinois||Chicago Tribune|
|DT||Brian Shaeferling||Lindenwood||St. Louis Post-Dispatch|
|CB||Darnell Terrell||Missouri||Adam Caplan (Scout.com)|
|RB||Travis Thomas||Notre Dame||Notre Dame Athletics|
This leaves a decent-sized group of players who were not on today's announcement. As we outlined earlier this week, there can be a number of reasons why players who appear in the press and in blogs don't show up when the rookie free agent listings come out:
1. The player may only be invited to mini-camp on a tryout basis rather than signed to a contract. After rookie mini-camp, a select few of these players may wind up getting contracts. A number of players from Ohio schools are often in this group. Likewise, some of the "signed" players listed above may be cut right after this weekend's mini-camp.
2. Players reported as signed in the media often don't show up in the press release because of issues identified in their physicals.
3. The report may simply be wrong. As "internet time" speeds up, we've seen a lot of these. It often happens that an agent says a player has a contract when they just have a tryout, or the player later gets an offer from another team they prefer, and go in that direction.
In any event, here are players who fall into one of the above categories which have been reported in the media. Most of these will likely show up this weekend as tryout players.