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Safety Lockett sticks

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 4, 2009

Safety Bret Lockett of UCLA, one of 20 players who participated in the Browns rookie minicamp last weekend on a tryout basis, was signed Monday. Lockett, 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds, recorded a career-high 61 tackles last season for the Bruins.

A native of Diamond Bar, Calif., Lockett became a starter in 2008, but was suspended for a game against Tennessee for academic reasons.

Waived were safety Corey Boudreaux (San Diego State), wide receiver Brent Casteel (Utah), tight end Mike Massey (Michigan) and cornerback Antonio Smith (Bowling Green). They were among the 14 signed by the Browns after the draft.

Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, another of the tryout candidates, has not been offered a contract. But speaking in general terms about those in Harrell's situation, coach Eric Mangini wouldn't rule out a player getting another chance down the road.

''Even if it doesn’t happen this weekend, things can definitely happen in the next couple weeks, next couple months,'' Mangini said Saturday. ''What's nice about this camp is you get to see the whole person; you get to spend time with guys. Sometimes an opportunity happens three weeks from now. I’ve been a part of that in New York where maybe someone gets banged up or whatever the reason, and one of these kids that didn’t get a contract here this weekend ends up coming back in and getting that next opportunity. That will be my message to the guys that we don’t offer, to stay ready. I don’t know when we will be calling but if we do, makes sure they come in and maximize that opportunity.''

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