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Matthews says he's joining the Browns

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Chris Matthews led UK with nine touchdown receptions last season as a senior. (UK Athletics) Chris Matthews led UK with nine touchdown receptions last season as a senior. (UK Athletics)
Let the free-agent floodgates open.

One day since the NFL lockout came to an end, former Kentucky wide receiver Chris Matthews has reportedly joined the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. Matthews announced the decision on his Twitter account, although he did not specify the terms of his contract or confirm that a deal has actually been signed.

"God has blessed me with (an) opportunity to play on the next level and I'm taking it," Matthews tweeted. "#Cleveland here I come(.)"

Matthews caught 61 balls last season for 925 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns. A 6-foot-5, 219-pound wide receiver from Los Angeles, Matthews will join a Cleveland team that 5-11 behind former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

Cleveland is in need of an established wide out as its two leading receivers last year were a tight end (Benjamin Watson) and a running back (Peyton Hillis). Former Georgia receiver Mohamed Massaquoi caught 36 balls for 483 yards and two touchdowns.

"Thanks for all the love now it's time to work," Matthews tweeted.

Former UK running back Derrick Locke announced on his Facebook account early Tuesday morning that he would be signing with a team in a couple of hours. There have been reports that he could land with the St. Louis Rams or Minnesota Vikings.

We'll have the latest signings for you right here as the news rolls in.

And if you didn't see it on the front page, former UK baseball All-American Collin Cowgill finally got a much-deserved call-up to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Cowgill has been tearing up the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, batting .354 (140-for-395) with 24 doubles, eight triples, 13 homers and 70 RBI, stealing 30-of-33 bases.

Cowgill is expected to make his big-league debut Tuesday in the middle of a playoff race in the National League West.

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