A source close to Antwaan Peek has confirmed to the OBR that the linebacker has inked a multi-year deal with the Browns. The deal is believed to be for three years, but details are not currently available.
The fourth-year linebacker is an intriguing fit for the Browns, as he is considered to have played out of position for the Texans and may be best suited for an edge rusher role in a 3-4 defense. Peek may challenge veteran Willie McGinest for a starting role.
While Peek has suffered from injuries in the last year while playing defensive end, he also fits an area of key need for the Browns. While rookie Kamerion Wimbley provided rush coming from the left side towards opposing quarterbacks, the Browns need additional pass rushers to enhance the value of head coach Romeo Crennel's scheme.
Earlier this off-season, it was expected that the Browns would try 2006 draft pick Leon Williams at outside linebacker, but Crennel told reporters that Williams was going to stay inside in 2007. This was an early indication that the team was going to look outside the organization to bring in additional pass rushers.