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Browns Bring DE Brian Sanford Back on Two-Year Deal

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Browns signed defensive end Brian Sanford to a two-year contract, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Sports. Sanford has certainly had an interesting career path as a member of the Browns. He first joined the club as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He was only active for six games in three years, with a total of five tackles.

In Sanford's first year in Ray Horton's system, though, he flourished during training camp and the preseason, finishing with 7 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 quarterback hits. Unfortunately, defensive line was the team's deepest position on the team, and Sanford was basically buried at eighth on the depth chart. With the team's surplus of defensive linemen, the Browns traded Sanford to the Seahawks for an offensive guard, John Moffitt, but the trade was negated when he failed his physical.

Sanford didn't make the Browns' final roster, but it wasn't a talent issue for him. The Oakland Raiders snatched him up, where he played five games and made one start this season before being released. The Browns didn't have to make a roster move when they signed Sanford -- one was already available when wide receiver Davone Bess was placed on the reserve list this past Saturday.

Sanford could have a shot at playing this Sunday in the finale against the Steelers. Nose tackle Phil Taylor has a concussion, and defensive end John Hughes is dealing with a knee sprain. By signing Sanford to a two-year deal, it would seem like that they are also interested in having him back for training camp in 2014.