October 10, 2015

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Browns: Cornerback Eric Wright picks fresh start in Detroit

The Browns are likely in the market for a cornerback after Eric Wright chose to sign with the Detroit Lions rather than return to Cleveland.

Wright, a second-round pick in 2007, announced on Twitter early this morning that he was headed to Detroit. He reportedly signed a one-year deal.

“Much love to all my Cleveland supporters.. Thanks to the organization fa takin a chance on me.. I have a lotta love and respect fa the city,” he tweeted. He added later: “Lets get it goin Detroit!! Lets flip the script!! Lol have sum fun”

The Browns pursued Wright along with several other teams, according to a league source, but he wanted a fresh start.

Wright gave up three touchdowns passes to Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin in Week 3 last season and had a difficult time bouncing back. He became the object of scorn from the fans and said he received death threats. He also battled knee injuries at the end of the season and missed two games.

Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown are penciled in as the starting cornerbacks and rookie fifth-round pick Buster Skrine could fill the nickelback role, but general manager Tom Heckert has repeatedly said you can’t have enough good corners. Veteran Mike Adams is also in the mix, but he might be needed at safety, where T.J. Ward and Usama Young (to be officially signed tonight at 6) are the only others at the position.

Possible cornerback targets are Washington’s Carlos Rogers, Baltimore’s Chris Carr and Carolina’s Richard Marshall.

The Browns will announce all roster moves at 6, but they will have many fewer than most other NFL teams. Young and running back Brandon Jackson are the only two free agents from other teams known to have agreed to terms with Cleveland.

The Browns were once believed to be in the mix for defensive end Ray Edwards, who left Minnesota for Atlanta today. But Edwards’ agent told the Plain Dealer that the Browns never showed interest in Edwards.

The Browns still need to add depth on the defensive line, at linebacker and on the offensive line.


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