VINCE YOUNG took a physical with the Cleveland Browns yesterday and is expected to participate in their minicamp this week.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team has been tracking the free-agent quarterback, who hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011 with the Eagles. He has spent parts of the past two offseasons with Buffalo and Green Bay.
Young, selected third overall by Tennessee in 2006, is 31-19 as a starter.
"Our interest in Vince is that he's been productive and he's had success in the National Football League," Farmer said at a predraft news conference. "We wanted to take the opportunity to get a chance to see where he was. We've been kind of following him through the offseason and he had been doing some things that kind of caught our eye and made us kind of take note, and we wanted to see what that looked like in his own time frame."
Farmer said the Browns are also bringing in Tyler Thigpen, who last played for Buffalo in 2012.
The Browns need to add a veteran to backup Brian Hoyer, who is penciled in as the starter heading into this season but is coming off knee surgery. Other than Hoyer, the only quarterback on Cleveland's roster is Alex Tanney, who was signed late last season as the Browns were hit hard by injuries at quarterback.
Both Young and Thigpen are mobile, and Farmer said that's an important quality in new coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense.
"They both are very good athletes," Farmer said. "They both have had relative success - I know Vince you would easily say probably more than Tyler. That's a good piece. I think Kyle would tell you that he likes a quarterback that is mobile. The offense definitely is going to require the quarterback to do different things, play outside the pocket to some degree."
The Browns own the No. 4 and No. 26 overall picks in next week's draft, and it's possible they could use either of them on a quarterback such as Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater.
* Seattle free safety Earl Thomas and the Seahawks reached agreement on a 4-year, $40 million contract extension, with just over $27.7 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports. Thomas, a two-time first-team All-Pro, could have gone into the 2014 season with free agency on the horizon. Instead, Seattle made sure to keep the most important cog of its defense through 2018.
Also, the Seahawks hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland as a consultant through the 2014 draft.
* The St. Louis Rams have exercised the fifth-year contract option on All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn, keeping one of the NFL's top pass rushers in the fold through 2015.
* Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded no contest to a reckless-operation charge after blaming knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field-sobriety test during a traffic stop last year in suburban Cleveland. Kosar had been charged with drunken driving in September, but he entered a plea to the lesser charge and received a $750 fine and suspended jail sentence.
* The New York Giants signed quarterback Rusty Smith, who spent the last four seasons with Tennessee. A backup for the Titans, Smith played in only three regular-season games.