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Browns re-sign CB Dimitri Patterson for three years

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 15, 2012

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson has re-signed with the Browns for three years, a league source confirmed this morning for the Beacon Journal.

Patterson became an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, but the Browns were able to retain him. His new three-year deal is worth $16 million, including $6 million guaranteed, Pro Football Talk reported.

The team has yet to announce the move.

Patterson, 28, joined the Browns as an unrestricted free agent Aug. 3, 2011. Last season, he excelled as the team's nickel corner and helped the defense rank second against the pass (184.9 yards allowed per game). The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Patterson played 14 games, compiling 12 passes defensed and 26 tackles.

"I think Dimitri helped us last year a lot," Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said last week. "Dimitri played almost 50 percent of the plays, maybe more."

The Browns like Patterson's versatility. They believe he has the ability to start on the outside if they need him to do so.

"Dimitri did a nice job for us," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said last month. "He’s a good player. He’s a legitimate corner for sure. He can play inside or out."

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