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Browns sign center Evan Brown

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Team adds depth with a player who has spent time with the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants.

NFL: DEC 15 Dolphins at Giants Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns added some depth to the offensive line on Thursday with the signing of free agent center Evan Brown.

The team buried the news in the official announcement of the signing of defensive tackle Andrew Billings:

Brown, who is 6-foot-2 and 302 pounds, entered the NFL in 2018 when he was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent out of SMU. He spent his rookie season on the Giants active roster, but did not play in a regular season game as he was on the weekly inactive list for 13 of those games.

The Giants waived Brown in August of 2019 and then signed him to their practice squad. He appeared in one game for the Giants before the Miami Dolphins signed him off of New York’s practice squad at the beginning of December. He played three games for the Dolphins and was released last week.

At SMU, Brown started 15 games at right guard his first two seasons, before transitioning to center, where he started 25 games his final two years with the Mustangs.

Brown touted his versatility in an nj.com story from 2018:

“I think having that experience, and having four years of college experience under my belt with two of those being [at guard], they have game-film on me. Granted, I was young, so I was still kind of learning, but there is film of me playing guard and my center film is obviously out there. I think it shows that I’ve had that experience, and if need be, I can jump in at any time.”

The Browns are obviously set at center with J.C. Tretter, but having someone who can potentially help out at multiple positions is always a good thing.