Browns sign third-round pick

Updated: July 31, 2003, 7:05 PM ET

BEREA, Ohio -- Defensive back Chris Crocker agreed Thursday to a five-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, who will give him a chance to move into a starting position on the team's weak secondary.

The agreement means the Browns have four of their seven draft choices signed, including their top three picks, after going a week without having any of them at training camp.

Crocker played both cornerback and safety as a three-year starter at Marshall.

The Browns need help in the secondary after releasing Corey Fuller in the offseason.

Crocker signed about 18 hours after the Browns reached agreement with linebacker Chaun Thompson, a second-round choice who reported to training camp Thursday.

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