The Cleveland Browns have re-signed RB Chris Ogbonnaya to a contract, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer:
#Browns have signed RB Chris Ogbonnaya to a two-year deal, terms undisclosed, source tells PD— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 13, 2013
Ogbonnaya had been a restricted free agent, but the Browns chose not to offer him a one-year tender that would have cost $1.33 million. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet, but I'd imagine that it'll be for a lesser base salary than the tender would have cost. Ogbonnaya did not carry the ball too often in 2012, but he ended the year with 24 catches for 187 yards as a third-down back.
The Browns also tendered wide receiver Jordan Norwood and LS Christian Yount, as first speculated by Dawgs By Nature Tuesday afternoon. Because they were exclusive-rights free agents, by offering them one-year tenders, neither player can be signed by another team.
Last month, we discussed why it would be beneficial for the Browns to retain Norwood. Because he has two accrued seasons, his tender should be worth $555,000 in 2013. Norwood caught 13 passes for 137 yards last season before landing on injured reserve with a foot injury.
Yount, also has two seasons under his belt, so he should be due for a tender worth $555,000 as well in 2013. Yount has been the team's long snapper ever since Ryan Pontbriand was released mid-way through the 2011 season. Yount endeared himself to me after tweeting this after the Ravens won the Super Bowl and Ray Lewis was giving a post-game speech:
What are the odds that right now Ray Lewis is thinking about the forearm shiver I gave him earlier this year when he tried to block me.— Christian Yount (@TheYount) February 4, 2013
Also, the Browns officially said goodbye to linebacker Kaluka Maiava, who signed a 3-year, $6 million deal with the Oakland Raiders.