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Browns sign Morgan Burnett, Garrett Gilbert

Morgan Burnett, Garrett Gilbert

The Cleveland Browns have signed both safety Morgan Burnett and quarterback Garrett Gilbert, the team announced Friday. 

Burnett was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this week.

The 30-year-old played in 11 games this past season, finishing with 30 tackles and six passes defended. He signed a three-year, $14.5 million deal with the Steelers last March, but, clearly, things did not work out.

Burnett, who played his collegiate football at Georgia Tech, was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (71st pick overall) o the 2010 NFL Draft.

He appeared in just four contests during his rookie campaign, but the following year, Burnett started all 16 games, totaling 109 tackles, a sack, three interceptions, a couple of forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 11 passes defended.

The East Point, Ga. native became one of the best tacklers on the Packers, racking up over 100 tackles in four straight seasons, culminating in 2014 when he registered 143 stops, 1.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Burnett spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career in Green Bay, and while he was consistent, he never made a Pro Bowl.

This past year was definitely his least productive season since his rookie campaign, but with the Browns in need of some help in their secondary, they are giving him a shot.

Meanwhile, Gilbert had been playing in the Alliance of American Football. He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams back in 2014 and actually played in one game with the Carolina Panthers this past season.