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Browns sign rookie LB Kirksey

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have agreed to contract terms with rookie inside linebacker Chris Kirksey.

The team selected Kirksey in the third round of last month's NFL draft from Iowa. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder is expected to compete with Craig Robertson for a starting spot alongside Karlos Dansby.

Kirksey's deal is worth $3.04 million and includes a $662,500 signing bonus.

The Browns were weak last season in covering running backs and tight ends on pass plays and the team believes Kirksey's skill sets will help them improve in that area. Kirksey played both inside and outside linebacker for the Hawkeyes.

Kirksey is the second rookie signed by the Browns. Cornerback Pierre Desir, selected in the fourth round from Lindenwood, signed his deal last week.

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