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Browns agree to four-year deal with fifth-round pick Buster Skrine

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 29, 2011

The Browns and rookie cornerback Buster Skrine have agreed to terms of a four-year deal, a league source told the Beacon Journal this morning. The Browns selected Skrine in the fifth round (137th overall) of this year's draft.

In his four-year collegiate career at Tennessee-Chattanooga, Skrine compiled 155 tackles, 21 pass breakups and five interceptions. Last season, he had 39 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception.

The 5-foot-9, 186-pound Skrine also established a reputation as a capable kickoff returner. He had 40 career kickoff returns for 891 yards (22.28 average).

When he was a junior, Skrine posted a school-record time of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash on Tennessee-Chattanooga's campus. The Browns were obviously attracted to his speed.

"Buster's got a number of things: He's very, very athletic, he's a tough guy and he can run," Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said. "You just can't teach speed. He can really run."

 

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