The Browns signed veteran Eric Kush to provide depth on the interior of their offensive line.
The team announced the move Thursday afternoon along with its previously reported free-agent signings: defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, tight end Demetrius Harris and linebacker Adarius Taylor.
Kush, 29, has started 12 of the 33 games in which he's appeared since General Manager John Dorsey drafted him in the fifth round in 2013, when Dorsey held the same position with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last season, Kush was the Chicago Bears' starting left guard in the first six games until a neck injury sidelined him. He finished with seven starts in his 15 games.
Here is what Dorsey said in a news release about the other free-agent acquisitions:
On Richardson: "He’s an interior three-technique pass rusher. Ultra competitive, very prideful and is a force to be reckoned with within the inside,” Dorsey said. “In football today, if you can have an interior pass rusher to apply pressure to the quarterback, that helps. He’s got some of that ability to do that."
On Harris: "Demetrius is unique is because he was a basketball player at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has steadily grown into the position of tight end. He’s a solid No. 2 tight end who can both block and run and he is, to me, one of the better tight ends who plays special teams. He’ll be contributing in that regard."
On Taylor: "He is probably the second-best linebacker ever to come out of Lakeland, Florida. Ray Lewis was the first one. He's a shorter guy who's going to run around, he's a run-around, special teams guy who's going to give you competitive depth. You want to add those types of guys to your roster."