2010 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Say Much With Unsigned Players

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IMarch 30, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Head Coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the sidelines during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. The Browns defeated the Bills 6-3. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Fans of any NFL team dissect every word their respective coaches and front offices say during the off-season to get a hint of who might be taken in the draft.

Browns fans are no different, as Team President Mike Holmgren teases fans by saying he really likes Sam Bradford, but wishes he liked Jimmy Clausen more.

Meanwhile, there’s the rest of the team to look at.

The Browns offered second round tenders to six of their players, and of the six only linebacker Jason Trusnik has signed. Abe Elam, D'Qwell Jackson, Matt Roth, Jerome Harrison, and Lawrence Vickers have yet to sign their tenders.

Other signings of note include Joshua Cribbs, of course, and tight end Greg Estandia and defensive back Ray Ventrone. Chris Jennings re-signed with the Browns as well as Marcus Benard, Billy Yates and Blake Costanzo.

However, not signed as of March 30 are wide receiver Mike Furrey and safety Hank Poteat. In fact, if you look at the roster page on Clevelandbrowns.com, they are no longer listed.

The unsigned second round tenders obviously believe they might get a better offer elsewhere or they would’ve signed by now, but players like Furrey and Poteat now are hanging in the ether.

It is unknown if Furrey and Poteat even have been offered contracts, but it’s safe to say that if Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert really wanted those guys back, they’d be signed by now.

The Browns secondary was so awful last year that the statistics have been quarantined for fear of the consequences of examining them. Poteat won’t be missed.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver corps, even after Braylon “Dropsie McGee” Edwards was traded to the Jets, was known more for dropping passes than anything else.

Mike Furrey had 23 receptions for 170 yards and zero touchdowns in 15 games in 2009. Mr. Furrey, please don’t let the door hit you in the behind on your way out.

The Browns have acquired a tight end, Ben Watson; a defensive back, Scott Fujita; and an offensive tackle, Tony Pashos. Pashos will be joining the right side of the line, the side that didn’t exist for much of the 2009 season.

The Browns have 12 picks going into next month’s draft. It is reasonable to believe there will be a trade up to get another second round pick, but that probably still would leave at least 10, if not 11, picks available for this year’s draft.

So if anyone is interested to know what positions the Browns might be focusing on, especially in the later rounds, just look at who the Browns have signed, and who they have let go "to pursue new opportunities elsewhere."


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