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Browns agree to terms with Ogbonnaya

Posted Mar 14, 2013

The Browns have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent running back Chris Ogbonnaya on a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

The Cleveland Browns and restricted free-agent running back Chris Ogbonnaya have agreed to terms on a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

Ogbonnaya had been with the Browns for two seasons before agreeing to terms with the team.

In those two years, Ogbonnaya has rushed for 364 yards and one touchdown on 81 carries. He has also proven to be a dual-threat runner, one able to catch the ball out of the backfield. He has been on the receiving end of 47 passes for 352 yards since joining the Browns. Prior to his arrival in Cleveland, Ogbonnaya caught only one pass for 19 yards.

Ogbonnaya came to the Browns during the sixth week of the 2011 season and quickly found himself playing a major role in the team’s backfield rotation.

With starter Peyton Hillis out of the lineup because of injury, Ogbonnaya served as a backup to then second-year pro, Montario Hardesty. However, Hardesty suffered a calf injury in the team’s loss at San Francisco that left Ogbonnaya to rush for 37 yards on a career-best 11 carries. He also caught five passes for 24 yards in that game.

After serving as a game captain and making his first NFL start in the team’s 30-12 loss at the Houston Texans, the Houston native and former Texan ran for 90 yards on 19 carries in a loss to another of his former teams, the St. Louis Rams.

In a Week 11 showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ogbonnaya ran for 115 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries in the Browns’ win. With that performance, he was the first Browns running back to rush for 100 or more yards in a single game in 2011.