Adalius Thomas, Alan Faneca Available for the Cleveland Browns

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IApril 26, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 5: Adalius Thomas #96 of the New England Patriots stands on the field during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 5, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The NFL Draft isn't just good for bringing in young talent from the college ranks.

It's also good for picking up players from other teams who suddenly are out of jobs because of that fresh talent.

Adalius Thomas was released by the New England Patriots on Monday and Alan Faneca was released by the New York Jets over the weekend.

Thomas is one of the bigger releases of the last few days, but it wasn't a complete surprise as he had a falling out with coach Bill Belichick after being late to a meeting last year.

The Patriots drafted linebacker Brandon Spikes in the second round last weekend, making Thomas, 32, expendable.

Faneca played 10 years in Pittsburgh before going to the Jets under Eric Mangini. Now that Mangini is in Cleveland, it's not outside the realm of possibility for Mangini to bring Faneca.

The downside to Faneca is his age, 33, and the slip in his production last year. He also played on the left side of the line and the Browns need help on the right side.

The Browns did draft Shawn Lauvao, but Mangini might want a more experienced hand in there to help Lauvao along this year.

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For the record, Floyd Womack and Eric Steinbach were not very good last year, and their exit from the team should be encouraged.

Defensive tackle John Henderson was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars as well, and the Browns have expressed an interest in him, according to reports from ESPN.

To add to this mix, the Browns signed a slew of undrafted free agents. According to, the Browns signed a 6'8", 308-pound offensive lineman out of Canada named Joel Reinders.

They also signed defensive end Auston English, tackle Casey Bender, linebacker Jon Dempsey, cornerback Chris Chancellor, tight end Troy Wagner, and defensive end Willie Walker.

Note that the one position not on this list is wide receiver.

The Browns wide receivers currently are Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, Chansi Stuckey, Joshua Cribbs, Jake Allen, sixth-round draft pick Carlton Mitchell, and Syndric Steptoe.

Yes, Syndric Steptoe still is on the Browns roster, which is surprising after the public tiff Steptoe got into with Mangini following his injury during practice late in the preseason last year. 

The Browns still have a lot of roster decisions to make before training camp opens in July, so keep an eye on the OTAs and minicamps because the players who show any signs of slipping are gone.

In the meantime, get ready for rookie camp, where Colt McCoy definitely will be the center of attention.

UPDATE: Alan Faneca has signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Since Ken Whisenhunt is the head coach, this really is no surprise.