Browns ink Bailey, Tuggle

Published 2:08 am Monday, March 14, 2016

BEREA (AP) — It was more toe in the water than cannonball, but the Browns entered the free agency frenzy nonetheless Friday.

On the third day of the league year, the Browns signed former Seahawks offensive lineman Alvin Bailey and former Texans inside linebacker Justin Tuggle. They were restricted free agents, but their former teams didn’t make qualifying offers.

The additions came after the Browns lost four starters Wednesday — center Alex Mack, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, safety Tashaun Gipson and receiver Travis Benjamin — and special teams standout Johnson Bademosi signed with the Lions on Thursday.

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Also, trading for 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained a possibility Friday.

The Browns and Broncos reportedly have the most interest, but NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported the 49ers are open to keeping him and letting him compete for the starting job with Blaine Gabbert if they aren’t satisfied with an offer. Kaepernick was benched for Gabbert at midseason last year and is coming off three surgeries.

The Broncos were considered the frontrunner to land Kaepernick, but they haven’t agreed on compensation with the 49ers, who are looking for a second-round draft pick, according to Silver.

The hang-up with the Browns is Kaepernick’s contract, which the team wants to restructure. He’s due $11.9 million guaranteed this year if he’s on a roster April 1, with the salary increasing to $14.5 million in 2017, $15 million in 2018, $16.8 million in 2019 and $19 million in 2020. The Browns won’t pay that much when they are considering drafting a quarterback with the No. 2 pick.

The Browns are willing to part with a third-round pick, No. 65 overall, according to

An even 10

The Browns have 10 picks for April’s draft after being awarded three compensatory selections by the NFL.

The compensatory picks are because the Browns lost more in free agency than they gained in 2015. Cornerback Buster Skrine, tight end Jordan Cameron and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard signed elsewhere.

The Browns were given a fourth-round pick (No. 138 overall) and consecutive fifth-rounders (Nos. 172, 173). Their other picks are: Nos. 2, 32 (second round), 65 (third), 99 (fourth), 141 (fifth), 176 (sixth) and 233 (seventh).

Compensatory picks can’t be traded, but that rule will change in 2017.