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Browns reportedly to sign former Redskins OL Artis Hicks

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 4, 2011
Washington Redskins guard Artis Hicks (75) takes a drink of water during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Browns are going to sign former Washington Redskins offensive lineman Artis Hicks, Chris Russell of ESPN 980-AM reported tonight. A league source confirmed the deal.

The Browns are expected to cut offensive lineman Pat Murray to make room for Hicks, another source confirmed.

The Browns and the Redskins were in trade talks for Hicks on Saturday, Hicks told the Washington Post. After the two teams couldn't agree to a deal, the Redskins cut Hicks.

The 6-foot-4, 318-pound Hicks, 32, has started 68 of the 109 regular-season games in which he has played. He started 10 games at right guard for the Redskins last season.

But Hicks was supplanted by Will Murray last season and never returned to the starting lineup after suffering a groin injury. He spent this preseason serving as a backup for the Redskins.

With the Browns, Hicks will probably compete for a starting job at left guard. Rookie Jason Pinkston, a fifth-round draft pick, has been filling in for Eric Steinbach, who is out for the season after undergoing back surgery.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert suggested a move would be made during a conference call with reporters earlier this evening.

"I don't know if we're done doing things on our roster and that may happen here in the next day or two," Heckert said when asked about the team's situation at left guard. "But we do like Pinkston a lot. We think he's going to be a really good player. We'll see how it shakes out this week and who's going to be starting at left guard."



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