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Free-agent LB Jonathan Goff visits Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 21, 2012

Free-agent linebacker Jonathan Goff visited the Browns on Tuesday, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal. Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Satellite Radio first reported the visit.

Goff, 26, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament when he reportedly knocked knees with a teammate during practice the week before the 2011 regular-season opener. He missed the entire season.

The 6-foot-2, 241-pound Goff, a fifth-round draft pick in 2008, became the New York Giants’ full-time starter at middle linebacker in 2010. He had 80 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and two passes defensed.

The Browns could use reinforcements at linebacker. They ranked 30th against the run (147.4 yards allowed per game) in 2011.

They also lost two linebackers to season-ending injuries last year. Starting strongside linebacker Scott Fujita suffered a broken right hand in Week 12, and backup middle linebacker Titus Brown suffered a torn ACL in Week 15.

The Browns did not tender Brown as an exclusive rights free agent, so he is now free to sign with any team. If the Browns sign Goff, he could be used to provide depth behind starting middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.


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