Browns Sign Eric Barton

Another linebacker is the latest New York Jet to jump on a plane to Cleveland. The Browns have tonight announced that Eric Barton has joined Floyd Womack as the newest member of the Cleveland Browns.

The Cleveland Browns announced today that they have signed unrestricted free agents Eric Barton and Floyd Womack.

"We are pleased to have Eric and Floyd join the Browns," said Browns General Manager George Kokinis. "Both will add a great deal of experience and versatility to the team."

Barton, a veteran of 10 NFL seasons, was originally a fifth-round draft choice of Oakland in 1999.  The 31-year old played five seasons with the Raiders before joining the Jets as an unrestricted free agent in 2004.

In his NFL career, Barton has appeared in 136 regular season games, including 101 starts.  In 2008 with the Jets, he started all 16 games and collected 127 tackles, the second-highest total of his career.  He added 1.5 sacks, four passes defensed, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

Barton was a four-year letterman at the University of Maryland (1995-98), where he was a first-team All-ACC selection as a senior.

Womack, 30, was a fourth-round draft choice of the Seahawks in 2001. In his career, he has played in 90 games with 46 starts and opened games at every position along the line except center.

In 2008, he started all 14 games in which he appeared, splitting time between left and right guard.

The 6-4, 330-pounder was a four-year letterman at Mississippi State (1997-2000) where he started the final 29 games of his career at tackle, and was a first-team All-SEC choice as a senior.

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