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Browns: That wasn't our free agent list

A list of NFL free agents that appeared in the background of the Cleveland Browns newsconference is not a list of players the team wants, a Browns spokesman said Wednesday.

Dan Murphy said the list is compiled by the team’s internet video employees and comes from rumors and reports about players the team might be interested in signing.

The video folks keep the list to be prepared in case any sign; they then can post video immediately.

The board was in the team’s dot-com video room, which players and team officials walk through to get to the media room. As General Manager Ray Farmer walked into the media room to introduce free agent signees Karlos Dansby, Donte Whitner and Isaiah Trufant, the white board was visible behind him. Twitter user @DawgsByNature posted a screen shot of Farmer and the board.

It included names like Darrelle Revis of the Bucs, Rex Grossman of Washington, Andrew Hawkins of Cincinnati and Ben Tate of Texas.

The Browns discussed trading for Revis, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and signed Hawkins to an offer sheet that Cincinnati can match. They have been rumored to be interested in Grossman and Tate.

The team’s actual free agent board is upstairs near the team’s executive offices. The Browns would not put Farmer’s free agent list in the video room, Murphy said.

Murphy compared the list to ones kept by the media or PR staffs, just to be prepared in case a signing results.