Browns sign Butler

Browns sign Butler
May 9, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Rashad Butler has become the second player the Texans have lost to the Cleveland Browns this offseason.

The free agent offensive lineman has signed a one-year deal with the Browns after kicker Shayne Graham agreed to a one-year contract on April 15.

Although Butler was a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2006, he never played with them and joined the Texans the following year. He has played in 42 games for Houston, and in 2010, he played in all 16 games, including four starts at left tackle.

But Butler has missed 30 of the last 32 games. He missed all but two games in 2011 due to an elbow injury and spent the 2012 season on the injured reserve list because or a triceps injury.   

The 6-foot-4, 310 pounder will add depth the Browns’ offensive line. With Joe Thomas and Mitchell Schwartz set to start at left and right tackle respectively, Butler is expected to fight for a job against Oniel Cousins and Garrett Gilkey (their 2013 seventh-round pick) among others.

No financial terms have been announced for his deal.