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Browns sign Ricard, Krause

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer

04.16.2007

A month after signing Jamal Lewis from the Ravens, the Browns have signed Lewis' former running mate.

The team signed free agent fullback Alan Ricard to a one-year deal Monday and also announced the signing of tight end Ryan Krause.

Ricard (5-foot-11, 237) was Lewis' blocking back during his record-setting 2003 season and also contributed on special teams and as a receiver out of the backfield. He played in every game for the Ravens from 2002-04, contributing 30 receptions and a pair of rushing touchdowns in addition to opening holes for Lewis during that time.

He's started 30 of 55 career games, but played in just two games in 2005 before suffering a season-ending calf injury and was out of football last season.

Ricard, 29, entered the league as undrafted rookie signing by the Cowboys in 1999, but was cut in training camp. He made the Ravens' practice squad in 2000 and saw his first five games of action as a backup and special teams player in 2001.

He made eight starts and played in all 16 games in 2002. He started 13 games in 2003 and nine in 2004.

Krause competed in five games with the Chargers from 2004-06. He recorded a career day against Kansas City during the '04 season finale when hehad five catches for 81 yards and his first career NFL touchdown.

Krause has battled injuries the last two seasonswhile playing under new Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was the Chargers' tight ends coach.