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Droughns traded to Giants for WR Carter

Jeff Walcoff, Staff Writer

03.09.2007

Just two days after the Browns acquired former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, the team said 'goodbye' to its starting back from the past two seasons.

Reuben Droughns, who will be entering his eighth NFL season this fall, was traded Friday to the New York Giants for receiver Tim Carter.

During his stay in Cleveland, Droughns became the first Brown to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 1985. He finished 2005 with 1,232 yards and broke the team's single-season record with 309 carries. His numbers regressed in '06, however, when he rushed for 758 yards on 220 carries.

Droughns came to the Browns in a March 2005 trade that sent Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers to Denver.

"Reuben (Droughns) gave the Browns our first 1,000-yard rusher in 20 years during the 2005 season. We wish him the best of luck in New York," Browns general manager Phil Savage said. "As for Tim (Carter), he brings five years of NFL experience and legitimate speed to our receiving corps. We almost signed him last year as an unrestricted free agent, so he will be familiar with the Browns."

During five NFL seasons, Carter (6-feet,200 pounds) has caught 72 passes for 967 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2006, he managed 22 receptions for 253 yards and 2 touchdowns sharing catches with Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer.

He joined the league as a second-round draft pick by the Giants in 2002 out of Auburn.

According to his bio, Carter is a cousin of Browns Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome as well as former Cleveland Indian Dwight Gooden.