Browns Announce Rookie Free Agent Signings

Fifteen rookie free agents sign deals with the team. What happened to the rest? Get the scoop about how has deals, and which players may just be coming to Cleveland with on a tryout basis...

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:

LB Jermaine Dias Virginia
CB Jerrid Gaines Miami (OH) Dayton Daily News
S Justin Harrison Illinois
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
WR Lance Leggett Miami (FL)
DE Chase Ortiz TCU Adam Caplan (
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 (
RB Travis Thomas Notre Dame Notre Dame Athletics
OL Eric Young Tennessee

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.

WR James Banks Carson-Newman Go Vols Extra
RB DeShawn Baker South Carolina St. Times and Democrat
TE Ben Barkema Iowa State Quad Cities Times
WR Matt Champa* Dayton Dayton Daily News
RB Hugh Charles* Colorado Colorado Daily
WR Brandon Copeland* Bridgewater Bridgewater Football
LB  Josh Ferguson  Purdue
DT Steven Friend CMU

Morning Sun

WR/CB Andrew Hawkins * Toledo Ed Thompson (
QB Kevin Hoyng * Dayton Dayton Daily News
S Todd Koenig* Ohio The Post (Ohio U)
DT Kyle Lockett Urbana Press of Atlantic City
DE Xavier Mitchell Tennessee Chris Steuber (
LB Nick Moore Baylor
OG  Derrick Morse*  Miami(Oh)  News Press
WR Chris Schubert * Oberlin Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
RB Austin Scott * Penn State
WR Joslin Shaw Florida State Tallahassee Democrat
OT Brian Stamper Vanderbilt Nashville City Paper
RB Tony Temple Missouri Kansas City Star
LB Lenny Trusnik * Ohio Northern
DE Jeff Van Osrow Oregon State The Oregonian
CB Terrell Vinson Purdue
P Ben Woods* Buffalo Sharon Herald
CB Jonathan Zenon LSU

We've also heard repeatedly that S Greg Hay and LB Eddie Pinigis will be getting an invite to mini-camp, but haven't seen this in a reliable source as of yet.



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