The Cleveland Browns made a pair of minor roster moves on Monday as the club prepares for its three-day mandatory veteran minicamp.
The Cleveland Browns have added two more players to the roster as the club has signed linebacker Deon King and wide receiver Richard Mullaney.
In a corresponding transaction, the club released defensive lineman Nile Lawrence-Stample with a failed physical designation.
The 6-foot and 220-pound King was the recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award as a senior at Norfolk State after leading the nation in tackles with 163. That led to some pre-draft buzz, but he ended up not being selected and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
He ultimately did not make the Cowboys final roster, but did spend time last season with the San Diego Chargers, playing in two games and recording a tackle, and with the Indianapolis Colts, appearing in four games.
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For King to have a chance and grabbing a roster spot with the Browns, it would seem his best shot would be on special teams.
The 6-foot-2 and 204-pound Mullaney played at Oregon State for three seasons before finishing his collegiate career at Alabama, where he caught 38 passes for 390 yards and five touchdowns during the Crimson Tide’s national championship season.
Mullaney left Oregon State after head coach Mike Riley left the Beavers to take the head coaching job at Nebraska and, as luck would have it, landed in Alabama as a member of a championship team.
He had 121 receptions and 10 touchdowns overall in college.
Mullaney was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent but was waived at the start of training camp. He then signed with the Dallas Cowboys and spent time with the team in training camp. He did not make the final roster in Dallas and did not play in the league last season.
Mullaney may have a tough time getting enough reps with the Browns to make an impression on the coaching staff as he is behind starters Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt, and the coaches need to get second-year players Ricardo Louis, Jordan Payton and Rashard Higgins as much work as possible.