The Browns announced this afternoon that two players who were with the team in 2003 will remain with the club for the next several seasons.
DT Michael Myers, an unrestricted free agent after the season, has signed a two-year deal with the team. Myers was acquired as a free agent by the Browns in November 2003 following his release by the Cowboys. Myers' background in Dallas makes him well-known to Browns defensive coordinator Dave Campo, who will likely use Myers as part of the rotation at defensive tackle behind Gerard Warren and Orpheus Roye.
In 2003, Myers appeared in seven games for the Browns, starting once for Gerard Warren. Myers was impressive in his one starting assignment, registering eight tackles and two sacks against the Baltimore Ravens. He registered 21 tackles and three sacks on the season for the Browns.
The Browns also announced that WR Frisman Jackson has been given a two-year contract extension which binds him to Cleveland through the 2006 season. The extension is a statement of faith in Jackson, who emerged in the 2002 training camp but was forced to miss most of the season due to a foot injury. After returning from the foot injury, Jackson appeared in seven games, mostly on special teams.
Jackson, along with C.J. Jones, is considered to be one of the Browns wide receivers of the future that the coaching staff will count on to replace Kevin Johnson and, possibly, Dennis Northcutt. The ex-quarterback is also occasionally used as a passer in Hail Mary situations, as he is able to throw the ball farther than any of the quarterbacks on the roster.
Contract details, per usual, were not disclosed.