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Friedman signed to 1-year deal

Jeff Walcoff, Staff Writer


The Cleveland Browns have signed offensive lineman Lennie Friedman to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

After a series of injuries to the unit, Friedman provided much-needed depth along the team's offensive line at guard and center, playing in all 16 games during the 2006 season with two starts.

Friedman was acquired from the Chicago Bears via trade on Aug. 24, 2006 just 17 days prior to the start of the regular season. His two starts of the season came against Baltimore on Dec. 17 and Houston on Dec. 31.

The 30-year-old Milford, N.J. native is an eight-year veteran of the NFL. He has appeared in 81 career games (34 starts) with Denver, Washington, Chicago and the Browns. He was drafted by Denver in the second round, 61st overall, in the 1999 NFL Draft out of Duke.

The Browns have now signed three interior offensive linemen this free agency period in Friedman, Eric Steinbach and Seth McKinney.