Browns ink ex-Jets’ LB

Published 2:38 am Friday, March 13, 2009

CLEVELAND — New Browns coach Eric Mangini continued his makeover of Cleveland’s roster by signing free agent linebacker David Bowens and releasing right tackle Kevin Shaffer on Thursday.

Bowens played for Mangini the past two seasons with the New York Jets. A 10-year veteran, Bowens started five games last season. He recorded 40 tackles, four sacks and intercepted one pass.

Terms of Bowens’ deal were not disclosed on Thursday.

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The 31-year-old Bowens is the third former Jets player brought to Cleveland by Mangini, who also signed cornerback Hank Poteat and defensive lineman C.J. Mosley.