Browns Sign Hank Poteat

The Browns slid a signing past the media today as they unexpectedly signed CB Hank Poteat as an unrestricted free agent. Here's the team's press release...

The Cleveland Browns announced today that the team signed eight-year veteran cornerbackHank Poteat as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets.

"Hank is a veteran corner who has played inside and outside," said Browns General Manager George Kokinis.  "His versatility and knowledge of the system will be an asset to our secondary."

The 31-year-old Poteat originally was a third-round draft choice of Pittsburgh in 2000 and went on to play three seasons with the Steelers (2000-02).  He subsequently had stints with Tampa Bay (2003), New England (2005-06) and the Jets (2006-08).  In his career, the 5-10, 195-pounder has played in 94 regular season games, including 18 starts.  He has collected four interceptions, including two each of the last two years.  In 2008, he also registered a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Poteat was a four-year letterman at the University of Pittsburgh (1996-99) where he finished his career with 10 interceptions and was a first-team All-Big East selection each of hi

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