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Browns add guard Cosey Coleman

CLEVELAND (March 8, 2005) -- The Cleveland Browns continued to rebuild their troubled offensive line, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with former Tampa Bay guard Cosey Coleman.

Coleman, a four-year starter with the Buccaneers, is the second free-agent guard signed by the Browns, whose offensive line has been a chronic problem since the team's expansion rebirth in 1999.

Last week, the Browns signed former New England Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi to a four-year deal.

The 6-foot-4, 322-pound Coleman, 26, visited the Browns as an unrestricted free agent last year but decided to re-sign with Tampa Bay for one season. He played every snap at right guard for the Bucs in 2004.

Browns coach Romeo Crennel made the interior of his offensive line the team's No. 1 priority this offseason, and Andruzzi and Coleman are a substantial upgrade over the parade of guards the club has shuffled in and out the past few seasons.

The Associated Press News Service

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