The Browns have signed former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Chris Owens to a one-year deal, league sources confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.
Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. The Browns announced the deal later this afternoon.
"Chris is an experienced cornerback who has played both inside and outside," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in a statement. "He is very athletic with good movement skills. He is a tough, hard-nosed competitor -- attributes which we are looking for in all of our players."
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Owens played nickel cornerback for the Falcons this past season. He compiled 22 tackles, four passes defensed and a forced fumble in 13 games.
Owens, 26, has started 12 of the 59 regular-season games in which he has appeared. The Falcons drafted him in the third round (No. 90 overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Owens will likely fill the Browns’ dire need for a nickel cornerback. They cut nickel corner Dimitri Patterson in December. Buster Skrine has played a good amount of nickel but he often struggled in coverage last season.
The Browns could still use another cornerback. Sheldon Brown started the past three seasons opposite Joe Haden and is now a free agent.