A few days ago, we reported that the Cleveland Browns were rumored to have signed RB Robbie Rouse to a contract. A little later, though, it was learned that he had merely been invited to try out at rookie minicamp this weekend. Today, the Browns announced that they have officially signed Rouse to a contract. To read more about his background, click here for our original report.
This doesn't bode well for Josh Haden, the brother of cornerback Joe Haden, who is trying out for the running back position. The Browns already have six running backs on their roster: Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Chris Ogbonnaya, Dion Lewis, Jamaine Cooke, and now Rouse. That is more than enough backs for training camp. Despite the competition, Rouse told this to 92.3 The Fan:
"I’m just going to learn the playbook to the best of my abilities and bring what I can to the table," Rouse said. "Just catching the ball and making people miss; I want to be a complete running back and see where I can fit into the offense. I’m here to work hard."
In addition OT Chris Faulk told the media how many teams had an interest in signing him, and why he ultimately decided to join Cleveland:
Former LSU OT Chris Faulk said about 20 teams were interested in him as UDFA, but chose #Browns partly b/c Mingo is one of his best friends— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) May 11, 2013