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Browns sign backup center

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 8, 2010

The Browns found a backup for center Alex Mack Thursday, signing free agent offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc.

A fourth-round pick of Cincinnati in 2005 out of Central Michigan, Ghiaciuc played in 48 games and started 42 during his four seasons with the Bengals. That included at least 12 starts in his last three seasons and 16 in 2008.

He signed with Kansas City as an unrestricted free agent last April, but was cut during training camp. He joined San Diego on Dec. 22, but did not play in the regular season.

Ghiaciuc (pronounced GUY-check), 6-foot-4 and 303 pounds, was a state heavyweight wrestling champion during his high school days in Oxford, Mich.

At Central Michigan, Ghiaciuc started his last 35 games and blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in his final three seasons.

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, an avid outdoorsman, may have found another guest for his cable television show. In the Chiefs' media guide, Ghiaciuc said his dream hunting trip would be to New Zealand in search of red stag.

The Browns drafted Mack in the first round in 2009. They released his backup, Hank Fraley, in early March.


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