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Browns agree to terms with lineman Paul McQuistan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM

By TOM WITHERS

Associated Press

 

CLEVELAND — The Browns added flexibility and playoff experience to their offensive line.

The club agreed to a contract Monday with free agent Paul McQuistan, who started 14 games last season for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

McQuistan, who was in Cleveland for a visit last week, was previously with the Browns as a backup in 2010. The 30-year-old lineman may slide into the open spot at right guard after the Browns lost starter Shawn Lauvao in free agency to Washington.

The 6-6, 315-pound McQuistan played nine games at left tackle and five at left guard for Seattle last season.

"He has versatility," Browns' general manager Ray Farmer said at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. "The guy played a lot of tackle last year. He's played guard. The versatility is definitely intriguing and positive for us and it can make our minds rest easy in a lot of respects where he can possibly contribute. So that versatility is what we're more focused on than any one specific spot saying he's going to be this."

McQuistan has played eight seasons in the NFL since being drafted in the third round by Oakland in 2006. McQuistan has made 52 starts and played left tackle, left guard and right guard.

He appeared in 35 games with the Raiders from 2006-09. He has also been with Jacksonville. He signed with Seattle in 2011 and appeared in 48 games over three seasons, making 40 starts.

He's the seventh free agent signed by the Browns, who have also shown interest in Buffalo defensive end Alex Carrington. He previously played under new Browns coach Mike Pettine and visited with Cleveland last week.

The Browns may still be in the market for a veteran quarterback after releasing Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell this month.

Cleveland is also awaiting the next move with free-agent center Alex Mack. The team placed their transition tag on the Pro Bowler, who has yet to sign the 1-year, $10.039 million contract.

Bengals sign CB R.J. Stanford from Dolphins

CINCINNATI — The Bengals have signed free-agent cornerback R.J. Stanford from the Dolphins, giving them a player with a lot of experience on special teams.

Stanford was Carolina's seventh-round pick in 2010. Miami acquired him off waivers in 2012. He has appeared in 41 games in his career and has one interception.

He played in the first 13 games last season and was sixth in tackles on special teams. He missed the last three games because of an ankle injury.

Stanford became a free agent when the Dolphins decided not to make him a tender offer.

The deal with the Bengals was announced on Monday.

Steelers sign LB Moats to 1-year deal

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats to a 1-year contract.

The 26-year-old Moats spent four seasons in Buffalo and posted career highs last season with 12 starts and 48 tackles.

The Steelers are looking for depth at both inside and outside linebacker after cutting Larry Foote and LaMarr Woodley earlier this month. General manager Kevin Colbert said during NFL owners meetings in Florida on Sunday that the team isn't ruling out the chance at bringing back James Harrison, who spent a decade with the club before being released last spring.

Harrison spent 2013 with the Cincinnati Bengals but is now looking for work after he was cut.

Special team standout Osgood re-signs with 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO — Veteran special teams standout and wide receiver Kassim Osgood signed a new 1-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

In keeping Osgood, the 49ers have retained a key member of their special teams unit for coach Brad Seely. Place-kicker Phil Dawson received a 2-year contract March 12, one of coach Jim Harbaugh's top offseason priorities.

Still on the to-do list for general manager Trent Baalke and Harbaugh: Trying to reach a contract extension with quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the long haul.

 

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