Browns Sign DT Shaun Smith to 4-Year Deal

Cleveland, OH - The Cleveland Browns have signed defensive tackle Shaun Smith to a four-year contract, the club announced today.  Smith played in 13 games with the Cincinnati Bengals last season and totaled 14 tackles and one pass defensed.

Smith, 6-2 and 325 lbs., has played in 34 career games, including seven starts, during his NFL career with New Orleans and Cincinnati.  In 2005 with Cincinnati, Smith had his most productive season when he started 13 games, including five starts, and finished with 38 tackles, including 21 solo, and also appeared in one postseason contest.

"We're happy about adding Shaun Smith to our defensive line," said Browns Senior Vice President and General Manager, Phil Savage.  "We feel he is a player with upside who can help us improve our run defense."

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Smith joined the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent out of South Carolina.