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The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with the following 22 undrafted rookie free agents, the club announced 4/18/00.
- Practice squad KYLE ALLAMON -- TE Texas Tech 6-2/ 256 lbs. Lubbock, Texas
Aggressive blocking technician who catches the ball well in traffic, has good speed & the strength to break tackles...Keeps his feet moving when engaging defenders & has the body control to make the twisting catches in traffic...Recently timed at 5.03 in the 40-yard dash...Can fluidly swing his hips & square off vs. the defenders...Has good balance weaving through traffic after the catch.
- Cut JEFF DYRA - DT Northwestern 6-4/ 290 lbs. Chicago, Illinois
Voted team captain his senior year and responded with 33 tackles, 21 solo, four tackles for a loss, two sacks for seven yards, five QB hurries, one pass broken up and one fumble recovery...Played in only six games after stress fracture in left foot vs. Indiana...During four-year college career played in 31 games with 80 tackles...Communications studies major.
- CUT-STEVE ESTES - OT Colgate 6-6/ 286 lbs. Olean, New York
A first team all-Patriot League player for the Red Raiders...Led Colgate to three straight NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances and two Patriot League championships...In 1999 was instrumental in Colgate finishing ninth in the nation in rushing (227.5 yards per game) and seventh in scoring average (37.9 points per game)...During his career, cleared the way for three 1,000-yard rushers while Colgate was a top 10 finisher in rushing and scoring the last three seasons...A three-year letterwinner started 27 regular season games and three playoff games for the Red Raiders.
- CUT-TRAVIS FORNEY - K Penn State 5-9/ 164 lbs. Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
Selected first team GTE Academic All-America with 3.79 gpa..Honorable mention All-Big Ten..Also named a Burger King Scholar-Athlete and NACDA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner...Co-winner of John Bruno, Jr. Memorial Award, presented to top special teams player on squad...Was 14th nationally in scoring...Had 258 career points, good for third-place on the PSU all-time scoring list...His 21 field goals this season and 47 career FG, were second-best in PSU annals... In 1999 led team with 107 points. Was 21 of 26 on FG and 44 of 44 on PAT kicks. Ranked first in scoring in Big Ten among kickers and third overall. Of his 77 kickoffs, 55 went into the end zone, with 25 touchbacks.
- MIKE GANTOUS - DE Louisville 6-2/ 285 lbs. Shaker Heights, Ohio
Two-time captain for the Cardinals...Made his third appearance on the all-Conference-USA teams, but his first as a first team member in 1999...One of the stronger players benchpressing more than 470 pounds...Recorded 33 total tackles including eight for losses as Louisville clinched back-to-back bowl berths for the first time in school history...Also had a pair of sacks on the season...Finished his career with 150 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery...While in high school at Shaker Heights, was the team MVP en route to leading the team to a 10-1 record in his senior year...Member of the Cleveland Plain Dealer all-star team...Majored in sports administration.
- MARCUS GUNN - LB Northeastern Oklahoma St. 6-3/ 255 lbs. Lawton, Oklahoma
All-around athlete...Great blitzer...Finished the '99 season with 81 tackles (34 solo) with 4 sacks for 34 yards...Had 16 tackles for loss and 1 forced fumble...For his career, had 262 tackles (129 solo), 49 tackles for a loss, nine sacks (90 yards), 7 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions and 1 blocked kick...Majored in health and human performance.
- TODD HOLLOWELL - OL Wake Forest 6-7/ 300 lbs. Chesapeake, Virginia
Physical lineman who earned a spot in the starting lineup for the first time in 1999...Started nine of 11 games last season...Improved quickness and footwork in the last off-season, losing nearly 40 pounds...Tallest member of the Demon Deacons starting front line at 6-7...Majoring in Communications.
- CUT-DWAUNE JONES - WR Richmond 6-0/ 189 lbs. Washington, D.C.
Dangerous open field runner with an explosive burst and superb balance in traffic...Aggressive over the middle...Changes speeds well to set up the defenders...Uses his hands to escape the jam at the line...Breaks sharply out of his routes and catches smoothly with his hands extended... Recently timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash...Has also performed on the Spiders' track team as a member of the relay squad...Ranks third on the school's career-record list with 148 receptions, topped only by Walker Gillette (158, 1967-69) and Leland Melvin (198, 1982-85)...His 2027 yards receiving rank fourth in Spiders annals behind Melvin (2669), Gillette (2649) and Sterling Brown (2104, 1989-92).
- CUT-MICHAEL JONES - FB Hampton 6-1/ 240 lbs. Ft. Washington, Maryland
In 1999, had 135 rushes for 633 yards and 5 touchdowns while, catching 9 passes for 129 yards on the year...Recorded his first career tackles in '99 with 5 (3 solo)...Finished his career with 263 rushes for 1,183 yards and 19 rushing TDs, while catching 22 passes for 291 yards and 1 receiving touchdown...Majoring in Biology...Plans to attend medical school following graduation.
- Cut JEFF KERR - LB East Carolina 6-4/ 235 lbs. Salisbury, North Carolina
Coming off his third straight outstanding season as he again was one of the Pirates' defensive stoppers... Finished career with 372 total tackles, including 208 solo hits, 15 sacks and 11 tackles for loss...Started all 11 games for the Pirates at inside linebacker in 1999 and was successful in new system implemented by first-year ECU defensive coordinator Tim Rose...Ranked second on team in tackles with 90, including 58 unassisted stops...Led team in sacks with eight (55 yards) and also recorded four tackles for loss...Tabbed first-team All-Conference USA for second season in a row...Registered pair of fumble recoveries and also caused two fumbles.
- NOEL LAMONTAGNE - OG Virginia 6-4/ 304 lbs. Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Versatile blocker with experience at both guard and tackle...Hits explosively, creating good movement off the snap...Very light on his feet...Has the power to neutralize pass rushers at the line...Rocks defenders with a forceful initial jolt...Maintains proper angles retreating in pass protection...Has the mobility to strike on the move...Recently timed at 5.09 in the 40-yard dash...1999 season All-American first-team selection by The Sporting News...All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice...Recipient of the Jim Tatum Award, given to the ACC's top senior student-athlete...Team tri-captain...Started the first eight games at left guard before shifting to left tackle...Graded 85.9% for blocking consistency and registered 91 knockdowns as the offense averaged 402.5 yards per game.
- TRAMONT LAWLESS - LB Memphis 6-3/ 254 lbs. Nashville, Tennessee
Was named first-team all-Conference-USA as a defensive lineman...Started at defensive end in all 11 games of the 1999 season...Registered a team leading nine quarterback sacks in 1999 and finished his career with a Memphis record 21 sacks...Was credited with 35 tackles in '99...Had 10 tackles for lost yardage (-53 yards) and nine sacks (-35 yards)...Had 14 quarterback knockdowns...Led the squad in blocked kicks with two...Received the Defensive MVP Award at the 1999 Football Banquet...Was also presented the TOP C.A.T.T. Award for 1999.
- CUT-JEFF LOWE - WR Syracuse 5-11/ 196 lbs. Liverpool, New York
Valuable special teams player...Played in five games, starting two in 1999...Missed the first five games of the season due to a broken bone in his foot suffered in the pre-season...Finished his career with 31 receptions for 472 yards and 3 touchdowns...Also a member of the Orangemen lacrosse team and competed on the 1997 USA 19-under World Lacrosse team...Member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in every semester since the spring of 1997...Currently pursuing his Master's degree in political science.
- CUT-TREVON MATTHEWS - TE South Carolina 6-2/ 249 lbs. Summerville, South Carolina
Displayed a great deal of improvement in his blocking and pass catching abilities...In 1999, had 2 catches for 20 yards...Finished his career with nine receptions for 93 yards (10.3 avg.), while scoring four touchdowns...Majoring in Sociology.
- SHAUN O'HARA - C Rutgers 6-3/ 285 lbs. Hillsborough, New Jersey
O'Hara was selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second consecutive season. In 1998, the 6-3, 285-pound O'Hara earned second-team All-BIG EAST accolades. O'Hara was an explosive and versatile performer who consistently graded out as the top offensive lineman for the Scarlet Knights last season. He was an extremely durable performer who also served as the Scarlet Knights' long snapper on all field goal, PAT and punt attempts. O'Hara originally earned a spot on the Scarlet Knights' roster as a walk-on in the 1995 season, and built himself into an outstanding offensive lineman through hard work and effort, starting the last 31 games of his career.
- CUT-GREG ROBINETTE - DT West Virginia 6-2/ 285 lbs. Hampden, West Virginia
Tough lineman whose work ethic helped him fore his way into a significant role...In 1999 had started in nine of 11 games with 46 tackles, 31 solo, two sacks and 2 tackles for loss...Received the Ira Rodgers Award from WVU coaches for all-around excellence...Finished his collegiate career by playing in 30 games with 11 starts and 78 tackles, 45 solo, four sacks and three tackles for loss.
- CUT-KOFI SHUCK - WR Wyoming 6-1/ 175 lbs. Park Forest, Illinois
Versatile athlete who utilizes his superb quickness on deep routes and also running out of the backfield...Can freeze defenders with his open field moves after the catch...Gets good separation on his breaks...Fearless over the middle...knows how to control his speed and set up his moves to keep defenders off balance...Recently timed at 4.37 in the 40-yard dash...Uses his hands well to get a strong push off the defenders to prevent from being jammed at the line of scrimmage.
- CUT-TETO SIMPSON - DE North Carolina 6-4/ 260 lbs. Greenville, North Carolina
Has great strength...Much more confident in his abilities...Played in 8 games in 1999...Finished the season with 17 tackles (8 solo) and 1 sack for 7 yards...Ended his career with the Tarheels with 31 tackles (12 solo) and 3 sacks for 22 yards...Majoring in African-American studies.
- Practice Squad RAHSHON SPIKES - RB North Carolina St. 5-10/ 212 lbs. Meriden, Connecticut
Tough inside runner with a solid physique and strong legs...Has excellent cutback ability, good vision and quick feet...Runs in control, squaring his shoulders before initial contact...Recently timed at 4.52 in the 40-yard dash...Effective receiver and blocker...Has fluid moves bouncing to the outside...Fine tackle-breaker who rarely goes down after the first hit...Consistently freezes defenders with his hesitation and quick dip...Ranks thirteenth on the school's career-record list with 1446 yards rushing.
- CUT-NATE TERRY - CB West Virginia 6-3/ 185 lbs. Homestead, Florida
Two-year starter at corner who took a medical redshirt in 1998...Impact player on special teams...WVU career leader in kickoff return yardage (1,377)...10th in career punt return yardage (454)...Ranked 19th in NCAA in kickoff returns for the season...Returned a kickoff 81-yards for touchdown vs. Temple...Also had two kickoff returns in 1997 (100 yards vs. East Carolina and 100-yards vs. Temple)...Finished career with 78 tackles, 48 solo, two sacks, five interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one fumble recovery...Also had 56 career kickoff returns for 1,377 yards (24.6 avg.) and three TDs...Had 42 career punt returns for 454 yards (10.8 avg.).
- KEVIN THOMPSON - QB Penn State 6-5/ 222 lbs. Damascus, Maryland
His 131.8 pass efficiency rating was fifth in the Big Ten and 30th in nation...Co-captain...First QB in school history with three 70-yard pass plays in a career, all of which occurred in 1999... Was 133 of 242 (55.0) for 1916 yards, with 13 TD and nine interceptions in 1999...Also had 32 carries for 7 yards...During college career totaled 3,710 yards on 263 of 495 passing with 19 TDs and 17 interceptions.
- LAMONT TURNER - LB Vanderbilt 6-0/ 234 lbs. Franklin, Tennessee
Superb run stuffer with a good feel for the ball...Uses his hands well to shed blocks and attacks with good knee bend...Has the body control and lateral agility to smoothly flow to the ball...At his best when he can chase in space...Good penetrator who does a nice job stepping up to fill the holes...Recently timed at 4.63 in the 40-yard dash.
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