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Browns sign two defensive backs after tryouts at rookie minicamp

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NCAA Football: Kent State at Toledo Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie minicamp has paid off for two individuals! After waiving OG Josh Boutte, that put the Cleveland Browns’ roster at 88 players, allowing for them to add two guys to reach the 90-man limit. Of the 17 players who tried out this past weekend, the Browns signed two of them on Monday: CB Najee Murray and SS Donte Carey.

Murray (5-8, 182 lbs) is a welcome sight for Browns fans. He went to Kent State University and was ranked as the 24th best undrafted free agent by Pro Football Focus. Some were surprised he was only a tryout player and not one of the team’s initial signings following the draft.

Murray’s 86.0 overall grade ranked 15th among cornerbacks in 2016 as he broke up nine passes and intercepted two more while allowing a passer rating of only 38.4 into his coverage, good for seventh in the nation among cornerbacks with at least 40 targets.

Carey (5-11, 199 lbs) attended Grand Valley State. The addition of two defensive backs seems to add more competition to the back end of the roster after the broken kneecap that 4th round CB Howard Wilson suffered last Friday. Carey's older brother, Don Carey, was a 6th round pick by the Browns in 2009 but has since found a home in Detroit.