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Contrary to report, Browns not interested in free-agent LB Manny Lawson, league source says

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 21, 2012

Cross the Browns off the list of teams reportedly pursuing linebacker Manny Lawson.

The Browns are not interested in Lawson, a league source told the Beacon Journal this morning. They have not hosted Lawson for a visit and they have not scheduled one, the source said.

On Tuesday, Scout.com reported the Browns, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts were interested in Lawson. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the Green Bay Packers have been in discussions with Lawson.

Lawson, 27, spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals and the previous five years with the San Francisco 49ers. Playing under a one-year, $3 million deal with the Bengals last season, Lawson proved he can be an effective strongside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He appeared in all 16 regular-season games, starting 15 of them and compiling 52 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The Browns could use help at linebacker because they ranked 30th against the run (147.4 yards allowed per game) last season, and starting strongside linebacker Scott Fujita has finished each of the past two years on injured reserve. However, Lawson won't be the solution for the Browns because they're not pursuing him.

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