The Browns announced the signing of 15 rookie free agents, contingent on them passing physicals. The team will hold a rookie minicamp this weekend that is closed to the public.
Signed were linebacker Jermaine Dias (Virginia), defensive backs Jerrid Gaines (Miami U.), Justin Harrison (Illinois), Gerard Lawson (Oregon State) and Darnell Terrell (Missouri), quarterback Craig Hormann (Columbia), tight end Kolomona Kapanui (West Texas A&M), offensive linemen James Lee (South Carolina State), Robert Powell (Purdue) and Eric Young (Tennessee), receiver Lance Leggett (U. of Miami), running back Travis Thomas (Notre Dame), defensive linemen Chase Ortiz (Texas Christian) and Brian Schaefering (Lindenwood) and kicker Jason Reda (Illinois).
Cleveland also claimed safety Steve Cargile, a Chanel High School product and Columbia University graduate, off waivers from the Denver Broncos. Cargile, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, spent two years in Denver and appeared in 15 games, 12 in 2007, mainly seeing action on special teams.