Browns make it official; Stokes to Cleveland

Just as earlier reports indicated, the Cleveland Browns had their eye on adding former Packer OL Barry Stokes to their beefed-up offensive line for 2002.

Stokes (6-foot-4, 310) played parts of three seasons for the Packers, his sixth NFL team since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 1996. He has played both guard and tackle in 27 NFL game appearances, including three starts.

Stokes is the third free agent offensive lineman to sign with the Browns this offseason. Ryan Tucker, formerly of the Rams, signed a four-year deal last month and the team also re-signed Tre Johnson, who started three games for the Browns in 2001 before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Stokes backed up Chad Clifton at left tackle and contributed on special teams. The 2001 season marked the first time in Stokes' four-year pro career that he played in all 16 games. He made his first-ever NFL start Nov. 11 at Chicago in place of the injured Clifton.

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