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Former Browns safety, Kent State product Usama Young signs with Raiders

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 9, 2013

The Oakland Raiders signed former Browns safety and Kent State product Usama Young, the team announced today.

Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Young, 27, spent the past two seasons with the Browns before being cut April 2 along with linebacker Chris Gocong. The Browns signed Young as an unrestricted free agent from the New Orleans Saints in 2011, but he never secured the starting free safety job on a full-time basis like the organization had hoped.

In his two seasons with the Browns, Young started 19 of the 29 games in which he appeared and compiled 118 tackles, four interceptions, 1½ sacks, eight passes defensed and a fumble recovery. Last year in Week 16, Young suffered a thumb injury that ended his season and required surgery. He was due to make a base salary of $2.15 million with the Browns next season.

The departure of Young made the Browns’ need for a free safety even more obvious than before. The organization will likely address the position in this year’s draft, which runs April 25-27.

Young, meanwhile, will join at least one familiar face in Oakland. In March, the Raiders signed former Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava, who became an unrestricted free agent this year after spending the past four seasons in Cleveland. And former Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace is scheduled to work out for the Raiders on Wednesday after doing the same for the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.


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