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St. Clair fills out Browns' O-line

3/17/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

St. Clair The Cleveland Browns signed a free agent who didn't play for the New York Jets.

Former Chicago Bears offensive tackle John St. Clair agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the Browns Wednesday evening. He will replace former Browns tackle Kevin Shaffer, who was released earlier this week.

"We are excited to add John to the team," Browns general manager George Kokinis said in a statement. "He has played multiple positions along the line and will be a valuable addition to the Browns."

As NFC North counterpart Kevin Seifert points out, the Browns offered twice the amount to convince St. Clair to leave the Bears.

Did the Browns overpay?

That case can be made. But if St. Clair fills the right tackle spot admirably next season and allows Cleveland to fill other needs with their three quality draft picks in the first two rounds, it will turn out to be a good investment.