Browns sign Phil Bates to practice squad

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns on Thursday signed WR Phil Bates to the practice squad. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.

To make room, the team released DB Marcus Cromartie from the practice squad.

Bates is 6-2, 220-pound and is officially in his first NFL season out of Ohio. Originally signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Bates has spent time on the Seahawks’ practice squad each of the past three seasons (2012-14). He was elevated to Seattle’s active roster last week and made his NFL debut as a reserve.