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Tryout a success, former Boise State linebacker signs contract with Cleveland

Former Boise State linebacker Tommy Smith signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, according to his agents at KLASS Sports.

After Smith was not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, Cleveland invited him to attend their rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis earlier this month.

Those at KLASS Sports say Cleveland was intrigued with Smith’s ability to play fullback, however, he was specifically brought in to compete at inside linebacker.

Smith joins fellow Boise State alumnus Billy Winn on the Browns roster. Winn was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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- Smith played in all 13 games for Boise State last season and recorded 61 tackles. He becomes just the second player off last year’s Boise State team to land a rookie free-agent deal. Former Bronco runningback D.J. Harper agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers on April 29.
- Cleveland had an interesting draft this year. With a new regime in place, the Browns made a number of trades and only ended up selecting five players in the 2013 NFL Draft.

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)