The Browns signed backup offensive tackle Rashad Butler to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday night.
Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. Butler, 30, became an unrestricted free agent in March.
Butler has started four of the 42 NFL games in which he has appeared. Last year, he entered training camp with the Houston Texans as the favorite to become their starting right tackle, but he lost the job to Derek Newton.
Less than a week later, Butler suffered a season-ending torn triceps muscle in his right arm Aug. 30 during the Texans’ preseason finale against the Minnesota Vikings. Butler also missed 14 games the previous season with a torn triceps in his left arm.
The Carolina Panthers picked Butler in the third round (89th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. They cut him in 2007, and he spent the past six seasons with the Texans.
The 6-foot-4, 317-pound Butler played for Browns coach Rob Chudzinski while the latter served as the University of Miami’s offensive coordinator. If Butler can stay healthy, he could give the Browns depth as a backup to Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
The Browns named Kevin Griffin their vice president of fan experience and marketing.
Griffin joins the Browns after working for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer since 2004. His title was director of fan development.
“Kevin brings a wealth of experience in fan-related activities to our organization,” Browns President Alec Scheiner said in a news release. “He successfully developed and enhanced numerous fan programs while in Seattle, and we feel that he will be a great fit for the initiatives that we are looking to undertake with the Browns. We are focused on our fan experience and believe that Kevin can make a real difference here.”
Griffin, a Columbus native, played football for Ohio State from 1995-98 and is the nephew of Buckeyes legend Archie Griffin.
Former Browns wide receiver and three-time Pro Bowl kick returner Josh Cribbs visited the Oakland Raiders and is scheduled to meet with more teams, including the New York Jets, according to reports. Cribbs visited the Arizona Cardinals in March. At the NFL owners meeting, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he wanted to sign Cribbs, provided Cribbs could bounce back from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He passed his physical with the Raiders and received a contract offer, NFL Network reported. Cribbs had been with the Browns since 2005, when he joined the team as an undrafted free agent from Kent State, but the new regime chose not to re-sign him. … Boise State inside linebacker Tommy Smith will try out with the Browns during their rookie minicamp, which runs Friday through Sunday, according to KTVB, an NBC affiliate in Boise, Idaho. Smith will compete with Wofford inside linebacker Mike Niam, a Hudson High School graduate. Niam has also been invited to try out with the Browns.
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