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Browns sign 10 free agents

Posted Apr 30, 2010

In addition to their 8 draft picks, the Browns have signed 10 rookie free agents.

The Cleveland Browns announced the signing of ten college free agents today. The group includes three wide receivers, two offensive lineman, two defensive backs, one linebacker, one defensive lineman and one tight end.

Casey Bender OL 6-5 295 12/22/86 South Dakota St. Lindsay, Neb.

Benjamin Burney DB 5-11 205 3/29/87 Colorado Lone Tree, Colo.

Chris Chancellor DB 5-9 180 12/22/86 Clemson Miami, Fla.

Auston English LB 6-3 250 3/10/87 Oklahoma Canadian, Texas

Johnathan Haggerty WR 6-1 195 2/5/88 SW Oklahoma St. Dallas, Texas

Swanson Miller DL 6-4 310 3/24/86 Oklahoma St. Alachua, Fla.

Dion Morton WR 5-8 160 2/25/86 Colorado St. Riverside, Calif.

Joel Reinders OL 6-7 320 10/2/87 Waterloo Oakville, Ontario

Aaron Valentin WR 6-1 205 6/18/87 Purdue Freeport, N.Y.

Troy Wagner TE 6-6 265 2/25/87 Indiana O’Fallon, Ill.

CASEY BENDER – Played four years at South Dakota State (2006-09)… Appeared in 30 games with 23 starts… Opened all 12 games, at both right tackle and right guard, in 2009… Started all 11 contests at right tackle as a sophomore in 2007 as the offense amassed 1,824 rushing yards and a 5.1-yard average per attempt… Redshirted in 2005… Attended Lindsay (Neb.) Holy Family High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track… Was team captain in football and basketball and earned all-conference and all-state honors in both sports… Was a member of the National Honor Society.

BENJAMIN BURNEY – Appeared in 37 games with 27 starts during his four-year career at Colorado (2005-07, 2009)… Totaled 157 tackles, three interceptions, 12 pass breakups and a sack… Returned to start all 12 contests in 2009 after missing the previous season with a shoulder injury… Responded with 73 tackles, two interceptions for 78 yards with a touchdown and four pass breakups… Was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection… Majored in film studies… Attended Mullen High School in Lone Tree, Colo., where he lettered in football, basketball and track… Was an Honor Roll student all four years and was a member of the National Honor Society… Born March 29, 1987 in Tulsa, Okla.

CHRIS CHANCELLOR – Appeared in 53 games, including 44 starts, in his four-year career at Clemson (2006-09)… Amassed 168 tackles, nine interceptions and 41 passes defensed… Opened the final 42 games of his career… Came up with a career-high four interceptions as both a sophomore and junior… Redshirted in 2005… Graduated with a degree in sport management in May 2009 and played the 2009 season as a graduate student… Attended Edison High School in Miami, Fla., where he was a first-team All-Miami-Dade County selection as a senior… Also excelled in track… Born December 22, 1986.

AUSTON ENGLISH – Four-year letterman at Oklahoma (2005, 2007-09) who played in 33 games, including 28 starts, in his career… Totaled 92 tackles, 28.5 stops for loss, 18 sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in his career… Posted career-high figures of 36 tackles, 13 stops for loss and 9.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2007 when he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection… Majored in planned programming… Attended Canadian (Texas) High School where he played both running back and defensive end.

JOHNATHAN HAGGERTY – In four years at Southwestern Oklahoma State (2006-09), tallied 173 receptions for 2,726 yards and 23 touchdowns… Was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference North Division choice as a senior when he grabbed 54 passes for 748 yards and six touchdowns… Also was a first team all-conference selection as a sophomore in 2007 when he hauled in 46 passes for 782 yards and six scores… Posted a career-high seven touchdowns as a true freshman in 2006 when he accounted for 45 receptions for 804 yards… Majored in general business… Attended Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas… Born February 5, 1988.

SWANSON MILLER – Was a two-year letterman at Oklahoma State (2008-09)… Played in 26 games and recorded 41 tackles, six stops for loss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups… Notched 24 tackles, four stops for loss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and two pass breakups as a senior when the Cowboys held their opponents to a 3.0-yard average per rush attempt… Prior to enrolling at OSU, played two years at Butler County (Kan.) Community College (2006-07)… Majored in business… Attended Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Fla… Born March 24, 1986 in Gainesville, Fla.

DION MORTON – Played in 42 games in his four-year career at Colorado State (2006-09), starting 23 contests over his final two years… Totaled 96 receptions for 1,536 yards and 15 touchdowns… Also rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries… As a returner, fielded 54 kickoffs for a 25.0-yard average and eight punts for a 10.4-yard average… Was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference receiver as a junior in 2008 when he put together career high numbers of 51 receptions for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns… Redshirted in 2005… Majored in sociology… Attended John W. North High School in Riverside, Calif., where he played quarterback and defensive back… Twin brother, Damon, also played football at Colorado State… Born February 25, 1986 in Riverside, Calif.

JOEL REINDERS – Two-year letterman at Waterloo (2008-09) at right tackle… Majored in kinesiology… Played basketball his first two years of college… Prior to 2008, had never played football before… Played in the Canadian Collegiate East-West All-Star game… Attended King’s Christian Collegiate (Oakville, Ontario) High School.

AARON VALENTIN – Appeared in 24 games in two years at Purdue (2008-09)… Compiled 65 receptions for 845 yards and nine touchdowns… Was second on the club in 2009 with 54 catches for 621 yards and seven touchdowns… Over the course of his two seasons, also returned 14 punts for a 12.1-yard average and a touchdown, while fielding 36 kickoffs for a 21.9-yard average… Prior to enrolling at Purdue, played at Erie (N.Y.) Community College… Majored in communications… Attended Freeport (N.Y.) High School… Born June 18, 1987.

TROY WAGNER – Played in 32 games with 16 starts in his four-year career at Indiana (2006-09)… Tallied eight receptions for 81 yards and a touchdowns… Had six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown as a senior… Appeared in 11 contests as a junior and was a key blocker for a running attack that garnered 2,003 yards and a 4.5-yard average per attempt… Graduated in December 2009… Redshirted in 2005… Attended O’Fallon Township (Ill.) High School where he was an all-state tight end as a senior… Born February 25, 1987.

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