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Jetting in Wednesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 3, 2009

Two of Browns coach Eric Mangini's defenders from the New York Jets are next on the list of free agent visitors.

Linebacker David Bowens and defensive lineman C.J. Mosley will arrive in Cleveland Wednesday and visit with the Browns through Thursday, their agent Harold Lewis said.

Meanwhile Buffalo Bills free agent cornerback Jabari Greer, who visited the Browns earlier this week, agreed to a four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to the Times-Picayune.

Bowens, a 10-year veteran and the Jets' special teams captain last season, was released on Feb. 19. Mosley, 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds, is a four-year veteran acquired by the Jets in an August, 2006 trade with Minnesota.

Known for his versatility and a popular locker room leader, Bowens started five games at inside linebacker in 2008. He has recorded 24.5 of his 32.5 career sacks in the past four seasons. Bowens, 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, has played in 32 games and started seven the past two years with the Jets and recorded 44 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Before coming to New York he spent seven seasons in Miami.

Bowens' father, Frank Williams, competed on the PBA Tour in the 1980s.

Son of a retired Army man, Mosley completed a visit to Jacksonville Tuesday. He would ''like to be reunited with his old coach,'' Lewis said of Mosley and Mangini.

Mosley has played in 47 games in four seasons with five starts and totalled 58 career tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes defensed. In 2008 he made one start and finished with 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Mosley's best effort came in a 2007 preseason victory over Philadelphia, when he recorded three sacks and two forced fumbles on one series. Mosley's last sack of the Eagles' A.J. Feeley broke a bone in Feeley's left (non-throwing) hand.

Another recent confirmed visitor is Minnesota linebacker Heath Farwell. The Vikings' leading special teams tackler in 2006 and '07, Farwell (6-foot and 235 pounds) sat out in 2008 after tearing his ACL in preseason. In 2007, he broke the Vikings' record for special teams tackles in a game with seven, bettering a mark set in 1988.

The four-year veteran has also been to New England and has more visits scheduled. The Vikings would also like to retain him.

In other free agency news, Browns safety Mike Adams completed his visit to Green Bay and headed to New England, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


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