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Browns sign Peek to 3-year deal

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer

03.03.2007

After securing two offensive linemen early on, the Browns' latest free agent pickup boosts the defense.

Antwan Peek, who signed a three-year contract with the team Saturday night, provides depth and athleticism at outside linebacker. He played his first three years in the Texans' 3-4 defense and became expendable because the Texans switched to a 4-3 last season.

Peek, 27, had his best year in 2005, recording 6 sacks, 46 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.

He's a native of Cincinnati who entered the league as a third round draft pick out of the University of Cincinnati in 2003.

At 6-foot-3, 250, Peek fits the Browns' prototype for a pass rushing outside linebacker. In his four-year, 51-game NFL career he has 10 sacks and 1 interception. He visited the Browns Friday and Saturday and joins Eric Steinbach as the team's second free agent pickup since the market opened Friday.

The Browns also announced Saturday that they'd reached an agreement with last year's starting center, Hank Fraley, on a four-year contract.