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Browns sign Matt McCants

The Browns brought in another offensive lineman to compete for a spot on the O-line

BEREA, Ohio--The Browns continue their collection of offensive linemen.

On Monday, the team announced they have signed offensive lineman Matt McCants as an unrestricted free agent. He is the fourth offensive linemen the team has added so far in the off-season.

McCants (6-5, 309)  is officially in his fifth season out of Alabama-Birmingham. Originally selected by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2012 draft, he has appeared in 30 career games with three starts. He previously spent Weeks 13-14 with the Browns in 2016 before finishing the season with the Chicago Bears. 

Earlier in free agency, the Browns signed Kevin Zeitler, J.C. Tretter as unrestricted free agents and claimed Marcus Martin on waivers from the 49ers. In addition, they also signed Joel Bitonio to a multi-year contract extension. 

The four additions added go with 11 current offensive linemen on the roster in Bitonio, Joe Thomas, Shon Coleman, Spencer Drango, Cameron Erving, Anthony Fabiano, John Greco, Gabe Ikard, Zach Sterup, Alvin Bailey and Austin Reiter. Austin Pasztor started at right tackle in 2016, but he is an unrestricted free agent and currently has not signed with a team.

It is believed that Erving, Coleman and Drango are the leading candidates to play right tackle as the roster now stands, but McCants could be looked at as an option, as well.


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