November 27, 2014

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Two Browns players released, pick signed

CLEVELAND — Training camp is still more than two weeks away, but the Browns’ front office was busy Wednesday.

Cleveland released tight end Greg Estandia and defensive end Keith Grennan — neither of whom had a legitimate chance to make the team — and signed fifth-round draft pick Larry Asante.

Asante, a 6-foot-1 safety, agreed to a four-year, $1.96 million contract, according to Fox. The Nebraska product earned All-Big 12 first-team honors as a senior after beginning his college career at Coffeyville (Kan.) J.C.

The Browns now have three of their 2010 draft choices in the fold. Wide receiver Carlton Mitchell and defensive lineman Clifton Geathers, both sixth-rounders, agreed to terms earlier this sum­mer.

They have yet to sign first-round selection Joe Haden, a cornerback from Florida, second-round safety T.J. Ward, second-round running back Montario Hardesty, third-round quarterback Colt McCoy and third-round tackle Shaun Lauvao.

At 6-8 and 266 pounds, Estandia cut an imposing figure, but didn’t have the skills to match and was officially waived/injured. He began last season with Jacksonville before joining Cleveland on Sept. 22, making four receptions in four games while sliding to fourth string at the position.

Grennan split 2009 between the practice squad and injured reserve. He officially was waived/failed physical.

Looking ahead, Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers will be in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court today to finalize a plea agreement that will allow him to avoid jail.

Rogers was arrested with a firearm in his carry-on bag as he attempted to board an April 1 flight to Houston at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He is expected to be placed into a 12-month diversion program, and will be required to complete a 10-hour weapons course and 40 hours of community service.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection will have felony charges dropped once he fulfills terms of the agreement.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.