Browns send Crocker to Falcons for 4th round pick

Updated: March 20, 2006, 6:07 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Safety Chris Crocker was traded Monday by the still-busy Cleveland Browns, who sent him to Atlanta for the Falcons' fourth-round pick in April's NFL draft.

Chris Crocker

The Browns, who have overhauled their roster during free agency, also signed tight end Darnell Dinkins. He's the eighth player signed by Cleveland since free agency began earlier this month.

Crocker, a third-round draft pick in 2003, started all 16 games for the Browns last season. He finished with 86 tackles and made two interceptions.

With Crocker gone, the Browns' strong safety job will go to either Sean Jones or Brodney Pool.

Jones played in 16 games last season after missing his rookie year with a torn knee ligament. Pool, too, was slowed by injuries last season but showed promise by making plays in 13 games.

Dinkins made four starts last season for Baltimore, catching five passes for 55 yards. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder has been used primarily as a blocker with the New York Giants and Ravens. The Browns will play him on special teams.

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