Browns sign rookie RB Montario Hardesty

The Browns have agreed to terms on a four-year deal for second-round running back Montario Hardesty, a league source told the Plain Dealer.

Hardesty, who worked primarily with the first-team offense in OTAs and minicamp, started 19 of his 49 games at Tennessee. In his final season, he rushed for 1,345 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Browns felt so strongly about Hardesty's ability that they traded a third-rounder and two fifths to move up to draft him.

Fantasy Impact: 

Montario Hardesty will challenge Jerome Harrison for the starting gig, but both backs have talent and will be used in some type of timeshare, as is the norm in the NFL these days. Everyone out of Browns camp has been extremely positive on Hardesty since draft day. Look for him to gain more fantasy value as the season goes on.

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