The Browns signed reserve defensive back Kevin Barnes to a one-year contract today, the club announced.

Barnes (6-1, 190) is the second backup cornerback the Browns have signed in free agency and the seventh player overall. The first cornerback was former Falcons cornerback Chris Owens, who was signed to a one-year deal last week worth about $1 million plus incentives.

Barnes, 26, a third-round pick of the Redskins out of Maryland in 2009, sat out of football last season after being waived by the Lions.

Highly touted coming out of Maryland, Barnes never lived up to the Redskins' starting expectations for him. He's started only three games in his career, and was traded to the Lions last August for a draft pick after first being tried as a safety. After appearing in two games for Detroit, he was waived.

Barnes' best season was in 2011, when he was the Redskins' starting nickel back. He appeared in 15 games and totaled career highs in tackles (26) and interceptions (2). He also added six quarterback hurries, which was the third-highest figure among all NFL cornerbacks.

The other free agents the Browns have signed are linebacker Paul Kruger, defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, linebacker Quentin Groves, and tight ends Gary Barnidge and Kellen Davis.