The Cleveland Browns have signed fullback Alan Ricard and tight end Ryan Krause to one-year contracts, the club announced today. Ricard competed in 55 career games with 30 starts during his tenure with the Baltimore Ravens and totaled 43 carries for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Krause spent the last three seasons with the San Diego Chargers and posted five receptions for 81 yards and one touchdown.
Ricard, 5-11, 237 pounds, was signed by the Buffalo Bills prior to the 2006 season, but was waived before the Week 1 opener. From 2000-2005, he was a mainstay in the Ravens backfield, paving the way for Pro Bowl running back Jamal Lewis. In 2003, Ricard blocked for Lewis to set a Baltimore franchise record and league-high, 2,066 yards, second all-time in NFL annals behind Eric Dickerson (2,105 in 1984).
Krause, 6-3, 256 pounds, competed in five games with the Chargers from 2004-2006. He recorded a career day against Kansas City in the 2004 season finale when he grabbed five catches for 81 yards and his first career NFL touchdown.A native of Independence, Mo., Ricard was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie free agent in 1999 out of Northeast Louisiana. Krause hails from Omaha, Neb., and was originally drafted by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.