Browns sign defensive lineman Hughes to contract extension

Cleveland Browns defensive end John Hughes (93), center, watches from the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Cleveland Browns defensive end John Hughes (93), center, watches from the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Browns have re-signed defensive lineman John Hughes to a four-year contract extension.

The 25-year-old Hughes is entering his fourth season with Cleveland, which selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft. He made three starts and played in five games last season before he was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Hughes returned for the season finale at Baltimore and recorded a career-high seven tackles.

The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder is considered one of the team’s best run stuffers, and his absence – and the loss of massive tackle Phil Taylor to injury – led to the Browns finishing last in rushing defense.

Injuries forced the Browns to play 10 different starting lineup combinations last season.

Hughes, an Ohio native who played at Cincinnati, has made seven starts and played in 36 career games.

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