The Cleveland Browns announced the signings of two veteran players on Sunday: CB Aaron Ross and OLB Everette Brown. To make room for the additions, the team waived OL Joe Madsen and DL Christian Tupou.
Ross was a first-round pick by the New York Giants back in 2007. He spent the first five seasons of his career with New York. He was starter in three of those years and also picked up two Super Bowl rings. Ross spent 2012 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was released after the season following the team's 2-14 record and a change in general managers. The Giants re-signed him in 2013, but a back injury forced him to miss most of the season. Last year, Ross tore his Achilles in July as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, forcing him to miss the season.
Short-team, the Browns needed more cornerback depth since CB Joe Haden,CB Pierre Desir, and CB Robert Nelson are all battling hamstring injuries. Long-term, if Ross looks pretty good coming off of missing nearly two years of football, could he be a fifth cornerback if some whacky scenario came up in which the team shipped CB Justin Gilbert to another team? Unlikely, but we'll see.
Brown was a second-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2009, but he never lived up to his career potential. In fact, the Browns are his seventh team in seven years! He has hardly contributed defensively since 2010 (his final year with the Panthers), so don't expect him to make waves on the depth chart. He will likely be around to fill a roster spot until OLB Barkevious Mingo returns from knee surgery.
What do you think of the roster additions, Browns fans? Does either player have a shot at making the 53-man roster in Week 1?