Browns Re-Sign Earl Little

The Browns have announced that they have re-signed safety Earl Little to a five-year contract, keeping the second of the team's free agents. The team also announced the specifics of the pre-season schedule.

The Cleveland Browns have announced this afternoon that they have agreed to terms with safety Earl Little on a five-year contract. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Little has been one free agent from the 2002 squad that the Browns have been eager to re-sign. Despite missing the first three games of the season with a sprained angle, Little led the team with four interceptions and was fourth on the team in tackles. As reported in Bernie's Insiders Hot News in January and February, Little wanted to remain with the team but was beginning to receive interest from other NFL clubs as the Browns battled with their salary cap challenges.

Originally a Miami Hurricane, Little broke into the NFL as a rookie free agent in 1997. He came to the Browns off of waivers back in 1999, and has managed to battle his way to a starting safety role. Little started four games at strong safety and five at free safety last year for the Browns. An energetic player, Little has gained a following for his energetic play and full-steam-ahead tackling.

"We are very excited to have reached an agreement with Earl on a contract," Head Coach Butch Davis said via a Cleveland Browns press release,  "He has been a very productive player for us on our base defense and special teams and has the ability and instincts to be around the ball and make plays.  He has worked very hard to prove he can be a solid, consistent performer in this league.  With the exception of Corey Fuller, we have been able to retain every member of our secondary who contributed on our defense last season."


The Browns have now re-signed two unrestricted free agents (Little and TE Steve Heiden), while losing two (Ryan Kuehl and Chris Akins). Of the remaining four free agents from the 2002 club (Darren Hambrick, Lenoy Jones, JJ Johnson, and Devin Bush) the team is most likely to have an interest in re-signing LB Hambrick.

The team also announced the details of their 2003 pre-season schedule which have been updated on our schedule page.

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