The Browns today signed defensive back Eric King and running back Clifton Smith, the team announced. In addition, the team placed offensive lineman Billy Yates on injured reserve and waived quarterback Brett Ratliff.
Originally drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round (153rd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, King has appeared in 56 games with four starts in his six-year NFL career, registering 45 tackles on defense, 25 tackles on special teams and eight passes defensed. He spent his rookie season with the Bills, three with Tennessee (2006-08) and one with Detroit (2009). He was waived by the Lions on September 4, 2010.
A four-year letterman at Wake Forest University (2001-04), he started 42 of 46 games in which he saw action, recording 217 tackles, 39 passes defensed, six fumble recoveries and two sacks. Born on May 10, 1982, the 5-10, 190-pound King is a native of Baltimore, Md., and attended McDonogh High School in Woodstock, Md.
Originally signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2008, Smith has seen action in 22 games in his three-year NFL career, recording 12 rushes for 47 yards and notching six receptions for 28 yards. On special teams, he has registered 70 kickoff returns for 1,946 yards (27.8 avg.) with one touchdown and 48 punt returns for 565 yards (11.8 avg.) with one touchdown. In 2009, Smith returned 31 kickoffs for 902 yards with an NFL-leading 29.1 average.
As a rookie, he was selected to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner and was a second-team AP All-Pro selection as a kick returner after returning 36 kickoffs for 992 yards with one touchdown and 23 punt returns for 324 yards with one touchdown. He was waived by the Buccaneers on September 5, 2010 and signed by the Miami Dolphins on September 8, where he appeared in two contests before being waived on September 21. A four-year letterman at Fresno State University (2004-07), Smith played in 35 games, rushing for 630 yards on 102 attempts with five touchdowns and posting 34 receptions for 368 yards. Born on July 4, 1985, the 5-9, 190-pound Smith is a native of Fresno, Calif., where he attended Edison High School.
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