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Bucs add depth with Browns guard Cousins



The Bucs have added an eighth free agent to their offseason haul, signing guard Oniel Cousins -- who played the last three seasons under new Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop -- to a one-year contract.

Cousins, 29, was born in Jamaica and played collegiately at UTEP. He has started nine games in a six-year career, playing three years with Baltimore before signing with Cleveland in 2011. No financial terms were released, but he's made close to the league minimum for a player with his experience, so he's likely making less than $1 million in 2014.

The Bucs have already cut two starters from last year's line in guard Davin Joseph and tackle Donald Penn, and signed two new starters in left tackle Anthony Collins and center Evan Dietrich-Smith. The team re-signed free agent Jamon Meredith, who will compete for a starting guard position, and have veteran Carl Nicks who they're hopeful will return from the injury that sidelined him for most of 2013. Demar Dotson, the team's starting right tackle last season, is back, as is starting center Jeremy Zuttah, who still could be cut for salary-cap savings.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 16, 2014 1:11pm]


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