Browns sign FB Chris Pressley

Chris Pressley
Cincinnati Bengals fullback Chris Pressley (36) waits to run onto the field at the start of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns have signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate.

Pressley missed all of last season with Cincinnati because of a knee injury. The 5-foot-10, 249-pounder has made 20 career starts in the NFL for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2012, he helped Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis lead the league by converting 14 of 15 times on 3rd-and-1 plays.

The Browns did not have a traditional fullback on their roster last season, using Chris Ogbonnaya and some reserve tight ends.

Cleveland’s offense will have a different look this season under new coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and the Browns need someone to clear a path for Tate, who signed a two-year, $7 million free agent deal with them in March.

Pressley was a teammate of Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas at Wisconsin.

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