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Report: Browns among teams interested in free-agent LB Manny Lawson

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 20, 2012

The Browns are among the teams that have shown interest in free-agent linebacker Manny Lawson, Scout.com reported today.

Lawson, who spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals and the previous five years with the San Francisco 49ers, would be a logical fit as a strongside linebacker in the Browns’ 4-3 defense.

Lawson, 27, appeared in all 16 regular-season games last season, starting 15 of them and compiling 52 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He had a one-year, $3 million deal with the Bengals.

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 ended each of the past two seasons on injured reserve. Fujita, 32, missed the final five games of last season with a broken hand and the final seven games of the 2010 season with a torn MCL in his left knee.

The Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts are interested in Lawson, too, according to Scout.com’s report. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers have been in discussions with Lawson, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today.

Lawson, whom the 49ers drafted 22nd overall in 2006, has recorded 292 tackles and 16 sacks in his six NFL seasons. In 2009, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Lawson posted career highs in tackles (68) and sacks (6.5).

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