The Browns have agreed to terms of a deal with free-agent safety Usama Young. A former standout at Kent State University, Young has spent the past four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
The contract can't be signed until 6 p.m. Friday, but Young's agent, Andy Simms, confirmed an agreement has been reached.
Young, 26, was selected by the Saints in the third round (66th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has primarily served as a reserve free safety for the Saints, but he could be in line for a starting job with the Browns.
Last season, the Browns used Abram Elam, another Kent State product, as their starting safety opposite T.J. Ward. Now Elam is an unrestricted free agent, and the Browns have not indicated they're interested in bringing him back.
Young started three of the 11 games in which he appeared last season and compiled 23 tackles.