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Browns re-sign Benard, Costanzo and Jennings


The Cleveland Browns re-signed linebacker Marcus Benard, linebacker Blake Costanzo and running back Chris Jennings, the team announced today. All three players had been exclusive rights players.

Benard originally signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and spent the first nine weeks of the season on the Browns' practice squad. He appeared in six games and recorded 3.5 sacks to finish tied for sixth among all rookies in sacks.

Costanzo joined the Browns via waivers from Buffalo prior to the 2009 season and appeared in all 16 games. He notched 14 tackles, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble on special teams. His 14 special teams tackles led the team and his three defensive/special teams fumble recoveries tied for first in the AFC and third in the NFL.

Jennings spent the first three weeks of the 2009 season on the Browns' practice squad, before being signed to the active roster. He appeared in nine games and registered 220 rushing yards with one touchdown and nine receptions for 56 yards.