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Veteran LB Matthew Adams signs

The Browns continue to add depth to the defense and special teams.

The team announced the signings of linebacker Matthew Adams and cornerback Mike Ford on Tuesday. Ford’s agreement was reported Monday.

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Adams, 27, was a seventh-round pick of the Colts in 2018. He spent four years with the Colts before joining the Bears last year.


Adams (6-foot, 229 pounds) has started 12 of 68 games in his career, totaling 81 tackles, eight for loss, two quarterback hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Last year he started three of 10 games with 26 tackles, two for loss, and a forced fumble.

Earlier in free agency, the Browns re-signed linebackers Sione Takitaki and Jordan Kunaszyk.

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Ford, 27, spent 2022 with the Falcons after three years with the Lions and one with the Broncos. He’s started nine of 61 games in his career, totaling 70 defensive tackles, two for loss, four passes defensed and a quarterback hit. He has 23 special teams tackles.

Ford (6-0, 194 pounds) started two of 17 games last year with Atlanta, making 15 tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit. He played 361 special teams snaps and 83 on defense.

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