The Browns have re-signed exclusive rights free agent offensive lineman Ryan Seymour, general manager Ray Farmer announced Monday.
Seymour, 25, appeared in 11 games during the 2014 season, starting three at center.
Playing the center position for the first time in his entire football career, Seymour replaced Nick McDonald in the lineup for the fallen Alex Mack (broken leg) against Buffalo on Nov. 30. Right guard John Greco also lined up at center Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, marking the first time since 1970 the Browns had used four different starters at the position.
Originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, Seymour also was on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad in 2014 before he was claimed by the Browns in August. With the 49ers, Seymour played guard and tackle during the preseason and the Browns were intrigued by the Vanderbilt alum's athleticism and versatility.
"I think every backup offensive lineman has to be able to play every position," Seymour said in December of how he was able to grasp the center position so quickly. "I'm continuing to learn every day and trying to do my best."
After starting his first NFL game Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts, Seymour earned praise from the coaching staff.
"I thought he was solid in protection," coach Mike Pettine said. "He still had a couple of issues in the run game, but I thought overall he was pretty solid."
A hamstring injury Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers sidelined Seymour for the remainder of the season. He also served as a starter on the field goal protection unit.
Seymour joins punter Spencer Lanning and running back Shaun Draughn as players the Browns have re-signed over the past few days.
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