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McQuistan signs with Cleveland

Guard Paul McQuistan has signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

"He has versatility,'' Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer told Monday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting. "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.”

McQuistan mostly rotated at left guard with James Carpenter throughout last season. Carpenter is going into the final year of his contract.

The Seahawks are expected to pursue offensive line help in the draft. They also will have second-year linemen Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie to use.

McQuistan, 30, started 40 games for the Seahawks the past three seasons and 14 last season after being signed in 2011 as a free agent.

He's the seventh player from the Super Bowl-winning team to sign elsewhere.

In addition to Carpenter, the Seahawks bring back left tackle Russell Okung, center Max Unger and right guard JR Sweezy. Lemuel Jeanpierre was re-signed for depth. Seattle also signed Stephen Schilling. Caylinn Hauptmann is also part of the equation for depth.