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Here they come

July 26, 2011 - Mike McLain
The feeding frenzy has begun.

The Cleveland Browns took advantage of the first day that undrafted free agents could be signed Tuesday. Although the team didn't announce any signings, multiple reports state that Notre Dame linebacker Brian Smith and Kentucky receiver Chris Mathews are in the fold.

Smith (6-3, 234 pounds) started 33 games for the Irish. He had 189 career tackles.

Mathews (6-5) caught 61 passes for 925 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

Other players the Browns reportedly signed include quarterback Troy Weatherhead of Division II Hillsdale College; linebacker Sidney Tarver of Tennessee State; cornerback James Dockery of Oregon State; running back Donald Buckham of UTEP; defensive tackle Kyle Anderson of Georgetown; guard Dominic Alford of Minnesota; linebacker Alex Wujciak of Maryland and defensive end Jabari Fletcher of Appalachian State.

Unlike previous seasons when teams could expand their rosters to 80 players, the number is now 90. The Browns began Tuesday with 55 players, not including their eight draft choices, kicker Phil Dawson, who received the franchise tag designation, and tight end Evan Moore, whose rights were reserved when he was tendered a qualifying contract offers.


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