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Browns add depth at tight end and cornerback in free agency

Mar 22, 2013 -- 1:55pm

By Tony Grossi

 

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Browns CEO Joe Banner said the team won’t have any bigger signings than the initial pickups of linebacker Paul Kruger and tackle Desmond Bryant, but he hoped to add more players in free agency.

On Friday, the Browns added tight end Kellen Davis, formerly of Chicago, and cornerback Chris Owens, formerly of Atlanta. The Browns confirmed both as one-year deals.

Both appear to be players to fill out the depth chart, rather than to be pegged as sure starters.

Davis, 6-6 and 267 pounds, was a fifth-round pick out of Michigan State by Chicago in 2008. He had reception totals of 19 and 18 the past two seasons as the Bears’ starting tight end. Davis was expendable after the Bears signed Martellus Bennett in free agency.

Davis, 27, has 47 catches and 11 touchdowns in five NFL seasons. ProFootballTalk.com reported the Browns’ contract was for one year.

Owens, is 5-9 and 179 pounds, which makes him the shortest (tied with others) and second-lightest player (to Travis Benjamin's 175 pounds) on the roster. Owens has the same height as Buster Skrine, but is six pounds lighter.

Owens, 26, a third-round pick from San Jose State in 2009, has made 12 starts in four seasons in Atlanta. He has three interceptions and 12 passes defensed.

In a prepared statement, coach Rob Chudzinski said: “Kellen has played a lot in this league and has starting experience,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “His size and strength give him the ability to be a good blocker. He is a big guy who can run and provides a big target. We feel like he has a chance to help us at the tight end position.

 “Chris is an experienced cornerback who has played both inside and outside. He is very athletic with good movement skills. He is a tough, hard-nosed competitor - attributes which we are looking for in all of our players.”

 

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 46 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to tgrossi@espncleveland.com

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