A Look At The Browns Free Agent Signings
I thought it might be interesting to take a quick look at who the Browns picked up in free agency the past couple of days.
The Browns kicked off free agency with the signing of ex-Raven Paul Kruger. Kruger was a 2nd round pick out of Utah, by the Ravens in the 2009 draft. In 51 games with Baltimore, including 6 starts, he amassed 15.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 13 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumbles recovered, 49 tackles, and 23 assists. While these numbers are not overwhelming, he will be counted on heavily to help put pressure on the QB.
The Browns followed up the signing of Kruger by signing former Oakland Raider Desmond Bryant. Bryant was an un-drafted free agent signing, out of Harvard, by the Raiders in 2009. In 62 games with Oakland which included 18 starts he recorded 10.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 91 tackles, and 31 assists. He was brought in to add depth to an already talented defensive front line.
The Browns continued their spending by signing former Arizona Cardinal Quentin Groves. Groves was a 2nd round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, out of Auburn, in the 2008 draft. In 79 games with the Jags, Raiders, and Cardinals including 29 starts he recorded 6.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defensed, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered, 107 tackles, 30 assists, and 1 safety. He played for Ray Horton in Arizona last year, so he should familiar with his schemes.
The Browns also signed former Carolina Panther back-up tight Gary Barnidge. Barnidge was drafted by the Panthers in the 5th round, out of Louisville, of the 2008 draft. In 63 games for the Panthers, which included 12 starts he caught 18 passes for 320 yards and 1 touchdown. He will be asked to help shore up a weak tight position for the Browns.
These are the free agent signings as of the writing of this article.