Browns Score Big With Coveted Free Agent

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Browns signed coveted free agent
offensive lineman Eric Steinbach to a seven-year deal today.

The deal is worth 49-point-five (m) million dollars, with 17 (m)
million in guaranteed money. Steinback spent his first four seasons
in Cincinnati and can play guard or tackle.

This is the second straight season the Browns have scored big
early in free agency. Last March, they signed Pro Bowl center
LeCharles Bentley to a six-year, 36 (m) million dollar contract.

However, Bentley suffered a season-ending and possible
career-threatening knee injury early in training camp.

That misfortune made signing a player of Steinbach's caliber
crucial for the Browns, who are regrouping following a four-and-12
season.