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By PFW staff

The Browns signed a pair of unrestricted free agents on Sunday, adding former Saints LB Scott Fujita and former 49ers OT Tony Pashos.

Terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Fujita had signed a multi-year contract. Meanwhile, ESPN.com reported Pashos had signed a three-year, $10.3 million pact.

Fujita, who turns 31 in April, started 10-of-11 regular-season games for New Orleans last season and all three playoff games. He played outside linebacker in the Saints' 4-3 scheme, but Browns general manager Tom Heckert said Fujita (6-5, 250) is capable of playing inside or outside in Cleveland's 3-4 front. Fujita has notched 652 tackles and 19 sacks in eight NFL seasons, the last four of which he spent with defending Super Bowl-champion New Orleans.

"He has been a starter throughout his career, has been exposed to several different defensive schemes and has been successful in all of them," Heckert said in a statement released by the team. "He is a great leader and played a big part in the success that the Saints achieved last year."

Pashos has made 55 starts in seven NFL seasons, all at right tackle, a position he could very well play with Cleveland, although Heckert noted Pashos was also capable of playing inside. The 6-6, 325-pounder played five games for San Francisco last season, starting one. He suffered a broken left shoulder blade in October, an injury that ended his season. Pashos turns 30 in August.

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