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Browns bolster offensive line with ex-Seahawk McQuistan

03/25/2014, 12:00am EDT
By MARY KAY CABOT CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Browns sign veteran O lineman

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Browns have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with former Seahawks guard Paul McQuistan, who spent a couple of weeks with Cleveland in 2010.

McQuistan, an unrestricted free agent, visited Cleveland on Wednesday along with Bills free-agent defensive end Alex Carrington.

Farmer praised McQuistan, 30, for his ability to start at almost any position along the line.

"He has versatility,'' Farmer said Monday morning at the annual NFL meetings. "The guy played a lot of tackle last year. He’s played guard. The versatility is definitely intriguing and positive for us, and it can make our minds rest easy in a lot of respects where he can possibly contribute. So that versatility is what we’re more focused on than any one specific spot saying he’s going to be this.”

Originally a third-round pick of the Raiders in 2006, McQuistan is a ninth-year pro who would challenge for a starting job at guard. One of his biggest assets is that he can play right or left guard and also fill in at tackle.

Signed by the Seahawks in 2011, McQuistan (6-6, 315) started 40 games for the Seahawks the past three years, including a handful at the demanding left tackle spot. After filling in there last year, he drew praise from line coach Tom Cable, who called him the glue that holds the line together.

“He’s always done that in his career,'' Cable told seahawks.com. "He’s always been a guard/‚Äčtackle. So there’s a lot of background there. And he did a really nice job for not taking any snaps, getting us through the game and out of the game.”

McQuistan started 14 games for the Seahawks during their Super Bowl campaign in 2013, including several at left tackle. In 2012, he started all 16 games for the first time in his career (nine at right guard, seven at left guard), helping Marshawn Lynch to an All-Pro and Pro Bowl season with career-highs in yards (1,590), average gain (5.0), and carries (315).

After starting 12 games in his three seasons with the Raiders, he was released midway through the 2009 season and picked up by Jacksonville. He was signed by the Browns in October, 2010, but let go 23 days later.

Former Browns starting right guard Shawn Lauvao signed with the Redskins.

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