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Browns work on porous defense

CLEVELAND — While their best defensive player was spending a night in jail, the Browns got some help for one of the NFL's worst units.

The Browns acquired cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong in a trade with the Eagles for linebacker Alex Hall and two draft picks Friday. The fourth- and fifth-round selections are Nos. 105 and 137 overall.

The deal was announced as nose tackle Shaun Rogers — a three-time Pro Bowl player — was apologizing after being arrested for trying to carry a loaded handgun onto a plane. Rogers, 31, was charged with the fourth-degree felony of carrying a concealed weapon. Rogers, who has a license in Michigan to carry a gun, said he was "truly remorseful" and that he forgot the weapon was in the bag. Rogers plans to plead not guilty, his lawyer said.

A Browns spokesman confirmed the trade but said the team will not comment until the physicals are completed.

Cleveland general manager Tom Heckert, who spent the previous four seasons as Philadelphia's GM, continues an overhaul of the Browns defense, which ranked last in the AFC last season. The move reduces to 10 the number of Browns selections in the draft but left intact their five picks in the top 92.

More Browns: A federal judge says a lawsuit over a staph infection that benched former Browns receiver Joe Jurevicius can move forward in an Ohio court against the team and the Cleveland Clinic. The former Bucs receiver sued the Browns in June, saying the team misrepresented the cleanliness of its facility and claiming doctors were negligent over a 2008 infection in his right knee.

Cardinals: The team agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Jets free agent kicker Jay Feely.

Chargers: Running back Darren Sproles signed his one-year, $7.283 million tender offer.

Cowboys: Five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams, 34, and safety Ken Hamlin, 29, were released two years after both signed long-term deals. Adams, who started 178 of 182 games for Dallas, and Hamlin, a Pro Bowl pick in 2007, both had signed six-year deals through 2013 before the 2008 season.

Steelers: A woman who sued receiver Santonio Holmes over an alleged assault now wants to press charges, Orlando police said. Anshonae Mills, 21, filed a lawsuit claiming Holmes grabbed her face and threw a glass at her March 7 in an Orlando nightclub, cutting her above the eye. In the lawsuit, she said Holmes and a police officer intimidated her so she wouldn't press charges. Mills changed her mind, and the case has been reopened, Orlando police Sgt. Barbara Jones said in an e-mail. Holmes has denied hurting Mills, saying she called him a racial name, then another woman threw the glass that hit Mills in the face.

Redskins: Former Steelers running back Willie Parker, 29, agreed to terms on a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $3.1 million with incentives. Parker has three 1,200-yard seasons but ran for only 389 yards last year as a backup.

Browns work on porous defense 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 10:23pm]
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