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Browns manage to keep one safety

Browns manage to keep one safety

The Browns hung on to one key safety but are prepared to let another get away.

They re-signed Mike Adams to a three-year deal Thursday night, his agent, Peter Schaffer, said. Adams, who visited the Packers and Patriots this week, told jocklife.com it was a $4.1 million deal. Meanwhile, former Browns starting strong safety Sean Jones will visit the Philadelphia Eagles today, where he's expected to be pursued aggressively.

"I'm happy to be coming back to a great situation with a great organization," Adams told jocklife.com. "They are giving me the opportunity to compete for a starting job next year and I couldn't be more excited to be staying put in Cleveland."

Adams, originally signed by the Browns as a free agent in April 2007, said he'll compete with free safety Brodney Pool for a starting job. Adams started five of the 14 games he played in last season, finishing with 44 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

"When they let me hit the market, I didn't think I was going to be a Brown, but they came back into the picture and showed me that they really wanted me and it feels great," Adams said.

Adams started the opener last season in place of Pool (concussion) and the next four games in place of Jones, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the first game. The Eagles are hoping Jones, a sixth-year pro, can fill the void left by seven-time Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins, who signed with Denver.

Adams finished second on the Browns in 2007 with 18 special-teams tackles.

"We are heading in the right direction, re-signing the right players, and obviously we got some high picks coming, so I think we will be right back on the '07 form and I can't wait to get this thing started back up again," Adams said. "I haven't met one-on-one yet with coach [Eric] Mangini, so I'm looking forward to doing that tomorrow and just getting this going."

Adams (5-11, 195) is a sixth-year pro who was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free-agent by San Francisco in 2004 out of Delaware.

In other free-agent news, the Browns confirmed the signing of former Bills tight end Robert Royal. It's reportedly a four-year deal.

"We feel that he will complement our tight ends group very well," General Manager George Kokinis said in a prepared statement.

Royal, 30, has 112 catches in seven NFL seasons, the previous three with the Buffalo Bills. Former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, 25, traded last week to Tampa Bay, has 214 catches in his previous three seasons, 219 overall.

The scouting report on Royal is he's a decent No. 2 tight end - a willing and "effective" blocker and also a high-character guy with a positive influence in the locker room.

Kokinis' statement describes Royal as "a consistent professional."

Royal joins tight ends Steve Heiden, who's recovering from knee surgery, and second-year pro Martin Rucker.

Heiden, who will be 33 at the start of the season, is "way ahead of schedule" in rehabbing his torn knee ligament, said agent Jack Wirth.

"He's doing things now they didn't expect him to do for several weeks yet," Wirth said. "They say he should be ready for the first game of the season. He'll do whatever it takes, I know that. They'll have to kind of hold him back a little bit."

Also, Rucker figures to get more time in the mainstream offense, especially in preseason when Heiden may still be slowed.

Rucker should benefit from the coaching change. Sources have said former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski never signed off on the drafting of Rucker and never warmed to him.

Next up?

The agent for free-agent linebacker David Bowens and defensive end C.J. Mosley said the former New York Jets were given physicals during their visits with the Browns on Thursday. That generally means a deal can be near.

To reach these Plain Dealer reporters: mcabot@plaind.com, 216-999-4670

tgrossi@plaind.com, 216-999-4670

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Added: March 7, 2009

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