They had tryouts this week during a three-day minicamp, and the Browns saw enough to sign them. The team announced the moves this afternoon.
Young, who will turn 31 this month, is trying to restart his career. He hasn’t been on a regular-season roster since 2011, but was the No. 3 pick in the 2006 draft and has a 31-19 career record.
He said he turned down an opportunity to fly home for the weekend in order to stay and keep working. He thought he had made the regular-season roster in Buffalo and Green Bay in the past couple of years only to be disappointed. So he’s not taking anything for granted and called the contract “phase one” of trying to make the team.
“The rust was falling off in large chunks,” coach Mike Pettine said. “But he flashed a couple times. He ran for a first down and threw a nice long ball.”
Young is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and still has a presence about him.
“That’s what somebody’s supposed to look like at that position,” Pettine said.
Thigpen, 30, has a less impressive resume. He’s 6-1, 216 pounds and 1-11 in his career as a starter. He last played in 2012.
Young was a redshirt freshman during Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s final year at the University of Texas.
The Browns are also expected to sign eight-year linebacker Zac Diles (6-0, 245), who was in on a tryout. He played one game for the Titans last season. He’s played 69 games with 31 starts, totaling 172 tackles and a sack.