Chris Fedor of WKNR said it was imminent and Tony Grossi has apparently confirmed that the Cleveland Browns have signed 26-year old Usama Young. Young comes to the Browns by way of the New Orleans Saints and the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. Grossi also reports that the Browns expect Young to be their starting free safety this season, spelling out Abe Elam’s future (or lack thereof) pretty definitively.
I know this isn’t the big splash that a lot of Browns fans were looking for, but it seems like a decent gamble. Young is a Kent State grad and hasn’t played a ton. He served as a backup and utility type player on special teams for the Saints. There is really no shame in being a backup to Darren Sharper in your mid-twenties. You can consider this a real opportunity to judge the Browns’ scouting department.
Assume that the Browns get Young for a reasonable price as he isn’t a high-profile player with tons of experience. Still, that doesn’t mean it is a bad pickup for the Browns who needed to fill the spot opposite T.J. Ward. The Browns will also have Mike Adams, and rookie Eric Hagg from Nebraska in camp to go along with the newly acquired Usama Young and the aging Nick Sorenson.
Maybe Pat Shurmur was thinking of this play, in particular, and he decided to tell Tom Heckert to pick him up?