CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have signed running back Kevin Mack to a series of one-year contracts, the team announced Friday.
Mack, who played with the Los Angeles Express of the U.S. Football League last season, was the higher of the Browns' two first-round picks last June in the NFL's supplemental draft of players that had signed with the Canadian Football League or USFL.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mack was waived Thursday by the financially ailing Los Angeles franchise. The 6-foot, 212-pound product of Clemson and native of Kings Mountain, N.C., accumulated 330 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Express in 1984.
Mack ran for 886 yards and eight TDs during his senior year at Clemson, helping the Tigers win the 1983 Atlantic Coast Conference title with a 9-1-1 record.
The Browns traded their two 10th-round picks plus their 11th- and 12th-round selections in the regular phase of last year's draft for the Chicago Bears' three choices in the supplemental draft.
Cleveland then used Chicago's first-round pick to select Mack.
Browns coach Marty Schottenheimer said he had talked with Mack and indicated the running back 'will arrive in Cleveland by next Monday.'
'It's a very good sign when a player is eager and ready to go,' said Schottenheimer. 'Kevin Mack knows he will have every opportunity to make this ballclub.
'He's a hard-nosed runner, a guy that carries his weight well. I expect him to challenge for a spot on the roster.'
The Browns are expected to undergo a transition in their running game next season. Veterans Mike Pruitt and Charles White reportedly have been shopped around the league, as Schottenheimer is expected to give the bulk of the playing time to Boyce Green and Earnest Byner.