Browns sign DB Kevin Barnes to 1-year deal

3/25/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Cleveland Browns signed free agent defensive back Kevin Barnes to a one-year deal, the team announced on Monday.
In 31 career games, Kevin Barnes made just three starts. Kevin Barnes registered 45 tackles, three interceptions and nine passes defensed during his four year NFL career.
The 26-year-old Kevin Barnes spent part of 2012 with the Detroit Lions, who acquired him in a trade for a draft pick with the Washington Redskins last August after he proved unsuccessful as a safety. However, Kevin Barnes was waived by the Detroit Lions just two games into the regular season and end up sitting out the rest of 2012.
Originally selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft out of the University of Maryland, Kevin Barnes failed to live up to the expectations of the Washington Redskins’ starting line.  Kevin Barnes had his best career season in 2011 when he played the Washington Redskins’ starting nickel back. In 15 appearances with one start that season, Kevin Bares posted career highs with 26 tackles and two interceptions while also adding six quarterback hurries, which ranked the third highest number among all NFL cornerbacks.
Kevin Barnes is the seventh free agent and second backup cornerback added by the Cleveland Browns during this free agency. The Cleveland Browns signed former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Chris Owens to a one-year deal last week.
Other free agents who have been signed by the Cleveland Browns include – defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, linebackers Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves, as well as tight ends Gary Barnidge and Kellen Davis.
The 6-1, 190 pound Kevin Barnes will find himself in competing for a backup role in Cleveland with second-year cornerbacks Johnson Bademosi and Trevin Wade among the other possibilities. Third-year veteran Buster Skrine figures to be a third-string cornerback is the Cleveland Browns add further depth at the position by signing a starting caliber corner through the free agency or draft.
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