Browns Make Shelton Signing Official

Here is the press release sent out by the Browns signalling the official announcement of OT L.J. Shelton.

June 4, 2005
For Immediate Release


The Cleveland Browns signed free agent offensive lineman L.J. Shelton to a one-year contract the club announced today.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Shelton (6-6, 325, Eastern Michigan), a former first-round pick (21st overall) of the Arizona Cardinals in 1999, is a six-year NFL veteran who started 77 of 82 games for Arizona mainly at left tackle.

"We identified the offensive line as an area we wanted to address this off-season," said Browns Senior Vice President and General Manger Phil Savage. "We have made strides towards that by adding Joe Andruzzi, Cosey Coleman and now L.J. Shelton."

Shelton, who was released by the Cardinals last month, appeared in 12 games with Arizona in 2004 with nine starts at left tackle.

The Browns will continue with their off-season passing camp next week before concluding the off-season with a mandatory three-day mini-camp beginning on Monday, June 13.

Shelton's Career Statistics:

Year    Team               GP       GS

1999    Arizona            9          7
2000    Arizona            14        14
2001    Arizona            16        16
2002    Arizona            16        16
2003    Arizona            15        15
2004    Arizona            12        9

Totals                        82        77


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