The Browns signed free-agent wide receiver Armanti Edwards in addition to signing rookie offensive lineman Reid Fragel off the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced today.
Wide receiver and standout punt returner Travis Benjamin was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered Sunday in a 23-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Browns also no longer need to count wide receiver Charles Johnson, who was signed off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad two weeks ago before the Browns discovered during his introductory physical that he had a torn ACL, toward their 53-man roster. So Edwards and Fragel have filled the roster spots vacated by Benjamin and Johnson.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Edwards is in his fourth NFL season out of Appalachian State, where he played quarterback when the Mountaineers stunned Michigan in 2007. Drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round (89th overall) in 2010, he appeared in 39 regular-season games, tallying five receptions for 121 yards, two carries for 12 yards, 36 punt returns for 253 yards and 15 kickoff returns for 295 yards. He appeared in four games this season and was waived by the Panthers on Oct. 8. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was the Panthers’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons.
The Bengals drafted the 6-foot-8, 305-pound Fragel in the seventh round (240th overall) this year. Fragel, who played tight end at Ohio State before converting to tackle as a senior, spent the first eight weeks this season on the Bengals’ practice squad.
The Browns also re-signed wide receiver Tori Gurley and linebacker Brandon Magee to their practice squad.