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Browns Ink Deal with Veteran Defensive Lineman Robaire Smith

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns added a pair of Smiths to their defensive line Friday.

Robaire Smith signed a four-year contract with Cleveland, which also acquired Shaun Smith after the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match an four-year offer sheet for him.

Financial terms of the deals were not released.

The defensive line was one of the Browns' biggest concerns this offseason and both Smiths fit in with the team's 3-4 defense.

Robaire Smith will likely be used as an end opposite Orpheus Roye and could move inside to tackle on passing downs. Shaun Smith was a backup with the Bengals who will likely play nose tackle in Cleveland.

Robaire Smith has played seven seasons with Tennessee and Houston and started 44 games the last three seasons. He's recorded 446 tackles and 17 sacks in 97 games over his career and has shown versatility, playing both end and tackle.

Robaire Smith, 6-foot-4, 314 pounds, was a sixth-round choice by Tennessee out of Michigan State in 2000. He signed with Houston after four seasons and set career-highs with 100 tackles in 2004 and 102 tackles in 2005.

The 29-year-old started only 12 games after returning to Tennessee last season, and his tackles dropped to 76 with just half a sack. He will replace free agent Alvin McKinley, who is not expected to return to the Browns.

Shaun Smith, 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, played in 13 games last year in his third season with Cincinnati and had 14 tackles.

The Bengals had until midnight Friday to match the Browns' offer for the 25-year-old.

"We wish Shaun well with his new opportunity," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said on the team's Web site. "For our offseason and future planning, we have chosen to allocate our cap resources in a different direction."

The acquisition of the Smiths likely completes the Browns' moves in free agency. They added offensive linemen Eric Steinbach and Seth McKinney, running back Jamal Lewis and defensive back Kenny Wright.

Training camp might be a bit confusing with five Smiths now on the Browns' roster, including defensive lineman Alvin Smith, linebacker Clifton Smith and offensive lineman Rob Smith. The team terminated the contract of fullback Terrelle Smith on Wednesday.

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