Brandon Browner and Mitch Meeuwsen Sign Free Agent Contracts

April 25, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - Former Oregon State University cornerback Brandon Browner has signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos and free safety Mitch Meeuwsen has reportedly signed a similar contract with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins will not officially announce their free agent signings until April 29.

Browner, a 6-4 native of Sylmar, Calif., is only the second player in school history to forgo his college eligibility and make himself eligible for the NFL Draft -- he would have been a junior in '05. He joins former running back Steven Jackson, a first round selection of the St. Louis Rams last year, as the only individuals from OSU to declare for the Draft early.

Browner started every game of his career (23). He was a 2004 preseason candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's premier defensive back. Browner was the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after making six interceptions and helping the team to the Las Vegas Bowl title. He also earned mention on several Freshman All-American Teams.

Meeuwsen, from Forest Grove, concluded his career with 217 tackles and holds the OSU record for pass interceptions with 20. He was a 2004 First Team All-Pac-10 Conference selection, an Associated Press Third Team All-American and an ESPN.com First Team All-American. Meeuwsen was semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in '04.

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