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Pittman becomes first draftee to sign


The Browns signed the first of the their draft picks Wednesday, inking seventh-rounddefensive lineman Chase Pittman to a four-year contract.

Pittman (6-foot-5, 275) was the first of the Browns' two seventh-round picks during the 2007 NFL Draft (213th overall) and the second defensive lineman the team selected. Melila Purcell was taken in the sixth round.

Both Pittman and Purcell will compete for roster spots and playing time at defensive end when training camp opens next week.

Pittman appeared in 25 games at LSU, starting 24, and managing 61 tackles (14.5 for loss) and 8.5 sacks, including 27 tackles (6.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks as a senior. He played at LSU for two seasons after transferring from Texas.

Stay tuned to throughout the week for more news on potential draft pick signings as well as previews of the 2007 season.