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Browns pick off Ellsworth from Giants
Posted: Saturday February 19, 2000 01:29 AM
Ellsworth will become the team's starting free safety, allowing Corey Fuller to move back to his natural cornerback position.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ellsworth had six interceptions for the Giants last season, and had 18 in four years with the team since joining New York as an undrafted free agent from Virginia.
"Interceptions," Browns director of football operations Dwight Clark said when asked what impressed him most about Ellsworth. "He seems to be around the ball a lot. He's a great athlete. He came in and dazzled us."
The addition of the 25-year-old Ellsworth should help a Cleveland defense that ranked last in the NFL last season with eight interceptions.
Clark said the Browns will also release safety Marquez Pope, a starter in 15 games last season. Pope played four seasons in San Francisco before being signed by the Browns as an unrestricted free agent.
He was unhappy in Cleveland, and the Browns had tried to trade him during the regular season and this winter, Clark said. Pope finished third on the team last year with 95 tackles and led the Browns with two interceptions.