Browns Circle Defensive Free Agents
Chaun Thompson (J. Wills /
OBR Football Analyst
Posted Mar 13, 2008

It's likely that the Cleveland Browns aren't finished bolstering their defense via free agency. Lane updates us on four players the team continues to talk to as the number of quality free agents dwindles...


The free agent player signing period has slowed down in Cleveland, but the team's front office, led by General Manager Phil Savage is continuing to look at players who can help with defensive depth.

Looking for help at linebacker and cornerback, the Browns aren't currently pursuing talent which needs to be signed quickly. The Browns front office is taking its time. Here are some of the players that the Browns have been talking to in recent days:

  • Free agent defensive end William Joseph (Giants) has visited with the Browns and could be more than a player of interest to the team. Despite a battle with injuries, Joseph is in very good physical condition according to a source close to the player. In Cleveland, Joseph would be a candidate to provide badly-needed depth at defensive end. According to the source, the Browns and Joseph's agent Drew Rosenhaus have touched on what the player seeks as a player on the open-market.

  • Free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes (Eagles), coming off a shoulder injury, has an interest in the Cleveland Browns, but the Browns have been rather lukewarm in response. A visit has not been scheduled with the team at this time and Spikes' agent, Todd France, has not had any significant contact with the team, as the Orange and Brown Report was first to report on Wednesday.

  • A player we've been talking about in Ask the Insiders for weeks, free agent linebacker Al Wilson (Broncos), has visited with the Browns, as reported first by the Denver Post on Tuesday. Wilson, a perennial Pro-Bowl player with the Broncos, wants to return to the game after sitting out the 2007 season to recover from a neck injury. Wilson's visit with the Browns went well according to a source close to the player.

  • Free agent linebacker Chaun Thompson (Browns) is getting closer to inking a new deal with the Browns. Thompson sought an opportunity in free agency to sign with a team which would provide him the chance to play a greater role on the defensive side of the ball. According to a team source, Thompson would keeps his current focus on special teams,  but have the opportunity to prove what he can do in the defensive scheme of new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

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