Browns ink Denson

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 28, 2002

BEREA -- While waiting for first-round draft pick William Green to sign a contract and report to training camp, the Cleveland Browns signed running back Autry Denson to a one-year contract Friday.

Denson, who played for the Chicago Bears last season, was on the field Friday afternoon when the Browns held their first full-squad workout.

Cleveland's players had to move indoors for the first half-hour of their initial practice open to the public because of severe weather, disappointing more than 400 fans.

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Meanwhile, Green, taken with the No. 16 overall pick by the Browns, agreed to a deal with the Browns on Saturday.

Green's agent, Tom Condon, rejected an offer earlier in the day before accepting the team's next proposal. Cleveland was hoping to have Green in camp this weekend.

Green is expected to be the Browns' No. 1 feature back this season.

Browns president Carmen Policy was frustrated by the club's inability to close a deal with Condon.

''A rookie being viewed as a potential contributor to this team on a full-time basis, he's got to be in camp,'' Policy said Thursday. ''He's got to be part of this at the beginning, and we can argue that the beginning is Friday.

''It would really be in everybody's interest to get the player on the field.''

Denson played for the Bears last season after being cut by the Miami Dolphins after training camp. He had just one carry but appeared in all 16 games on special teams for Chicago.

Notre Dame's career rushing leader, Denson had 31 rushes for 108 yards in 2000 for the Dolphins. He was claimed off waivers by Miami after being waived by Tampa Bay.

The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Denson was drafted in the seventh round of the 1999 draft by the Buccaneers. The Associated Press