The Browns announced they signed five players Monday who tried out with them this past weekend during rookie minicamp: cornerbacks Akeem Auguste and Abdul Kanneh, punter T.J. Conley, nose tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptiste and linebacker Ausar Walcott.
They also waived cornerback Kevin Barnes, wide receiver Mike Edwards, defensive end Paipai Falemalu, punter Jake Schum and safety Ricky Tunstall. The Browns signed Barnes and Schum in March. Edwards, Falemalu and Tunstall were undrafted free agents who landed with the team April 30.
The 5-10, 185-pound Auguste started 22 of the 43 games in which he appeared for the University of South Carolina (2008-10, ’12). Auguste, 23, compiled 133 tackles, one interception, 10 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a sack.
Kent State recruited Kanneh, a native of England, but he didn’t qualify academically to play for the Golden Flashes. Kanneh, 22, spent the past two seasons at New Mexico Highlands, where he tallied 107 tackles and nine interceptions with four returned for touchdowns. He also returned 21 kickoffs for 425 yards (20.3 average) with two touchdowns, returned 13 punts for 215 yards (16.5 average) and blocked five kicks.
Conley served as the New York Jets’ punter in 2011. He had 92 punts for 3,926 yards (42.7 average) with 32 downed inside the 20-yard line. Conley, 27, spent training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012 before being cut.
The 6-1, 330-pound Jean-Baptiste, who played alongside Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor at Baylor, signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Jean-Baptiste, 24, was cut by the Ravens in August and later spent four weeks on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad.
The 6-2, 230-pound Walcott appeared in 45 games with 22 starts at Virginia (2009-12). Walcott, 23, compiled 128 tackles, 1½ sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
The Browns will hold organized team activities Tuesday-Thursday at their headquarters in Berea. The sessions are closed to the public. The Thursday session is open to the media.
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