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Browns sign St. Clair

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 17, 2009

Chicago Bears free agent offensive tackle John St. Clair signed a three-year, $9.1 million contract with the Browns Tuesday.

A nine-year veteran, St. Clair has spent the past four seasons with the Bears. Chicago reportedly offered him a three-year, $4.5 million deal.

St. Clair could move into the Browns' right tackle spot, vacant after Kevin Shaffer was released last week, with Ryan Tucker moving back into the right guard slot. St. Clair has started 55 of 107 career games, including 16 in 2008 at left tackle.

''We are excited to add John to the team,'' Browns general manager George Kokinis said in a statement. ''He has played multiple positions along the line and will be a valuable addition to the Browns.''

A third-round pick out of Virginia in 2000, St. Clair has also played for the Rams (2000-03) and Miami Dolphins (2004). As a senior at Virginia, he became the school's first All-American center.

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