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Patriots Signing Former Browns DL John Hughes

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Patriots are signing former Browns DL John Hughes to a contract on Monday.

This explains the team’s decision to waive DT Anthony Johnson¬†earlier in the day.

Hughes, 27, is a former third-round pick of the Browns back in 2012. He was in the second year of his five-year, $15.6 million contract and set to make a bases salary of $2.4 million for the 2016 season when the Browns cut him loose last week in a move that freed up $2.2 million in available cap space.

This season, Hughes has appeared in one game for the Browns, but has yet to record a single a tackle.