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Browns sign former Steelers tackle Chris Hubbard

The Browns have signed former Steelers offensive tackle Chris Hubbard as they prepare for life without Joe Thomas. [

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Hubbard, who spent the past four seasons in Pittsburgh, will join an offensive line that’ll have to replace Thomas, the Pro Bowl left tackle who announced his retirement Wednesday following 11 seasons. While Hubbard, who started 10 games last season, has mostly played right tackle, he’s considered one of the league’s most versatile linemen, taking snaps at both guard spots, left tackle and even blocking tight end for Pittsburgh.

In Cleveland, Hubbard will be reunited with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, whom Cleveland hired in January following six seasons with the Steelers.

Hubbard, an undrafted free agent out of UAB, has played in 40 career games and made 14 starts. The Columbus, Ga., native joins an offensive line that returns starters in left guard Joel Bitonio, right guard Kevin Zeitler, center JC Tretter and right tackle Shon Coleman.

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