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Browns announce signings

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 30, 2008

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).

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Marla's take on draft: Video

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 28, 2008

Saved by the draft gurus

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 28, 2008

The booming industry and hype surrounding the NFL draft actually aided the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

General manager Phil Savage acknowledged the stock of UNLV inside linebacker Beau Bell and Missouri tight end Martin Rucker dropped since the season ended. And Savage admitted that if it hadn't, he might not have been able to land Bell and Rucker in the fourth round, trading up with Dallas to the Nos. 104 and 111 spots.

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Browns move up to get Bell

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 27, 2008

The Browns didn't wait until their first pick on Sunday, No. 122 overall, to get the linebacker they wanted. So they traded with Dallas to move up to No. 104 to select UNLV's Beau Bell.¶
Cleveland surrendered the 122nd pick, along with its fifth-rounder, No. 155.¶
Known as a big hitter, Bell, 6-1 1/2 and 250 pounds, totalled 320 career tackles, second on the school's all-time list. He added 10.5 sacks, 27 tackles for losses, six forced fumbles, one recovery, five pass deflections and four interceptions, one for a touchdown.¶
The Cowboys were also the Browns' trade partner last year when Cleveland nabbed quarterback Brady Quinn 22nd overall.¶

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Minor surgery for Heiden

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 25, 2008

Browns tight end Steve Heiden expects to be cleared for full activity by the end of May after undergoing minor surgery on his back, Heiden's agent Jack Wirth said Friday.

Wirth said Heiden would need three weeks to recuperate. Cleveland's veteran minicamp is scheduled for June 10-12.

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A confirmation of sorts

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 11, 2008

While he didn't use the word staph, Browns general manager Phil Savage confirmed Thursday's report on that wide receiver Joe Jurevicius contracted an infection after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee in January.

''At some point following that procedure, he acquired an infection from which he is recovering,'' Savage said in a statement released Friday. ''He has been rehabilitating here in Cleveland and is expected to take part in the team's off-season activities.''

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Autograph session

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 8, 2008

Browns alumni Reggie Rucker, Ricky Feacher and Sam Tidmore will sign autographs as the team co-sponsors the Cleveland Clinic's Sixth Annual Minority Men's Health Fair Thursday.

The event will run from 5-8 p.m. in the lobby of the Clinic's Crile Building (the A Building), on East 100th Street between Euclid and Carnegie avenues. Parking will be free in the East 100th Street garage.

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Browns on preseason MNF

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 3, 2008

The Browns' 10-6, near-miss playoff campaign in 2007 was expected to bring national television exposure.

So preseason ''Monday Night Football'' may be just the tip of the iceberg.

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