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DE Smith Interested In Re-Signing With Browns

Free agent defensive end Robaire Smith has received medical clearance to return to football and would like to re-sign with the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports.

“It’s something I’m shooting for and that I’d love to do,” Smith said of returning to the Browns. “(General Manager) Tom Heckert said before the lockout that they’d be interested, but they were waiting to see my medical report. It came out right before the lockout, so there wasn’t too much they could say then.”

Smith injured his back last season, but has been cleared by Dr. Robert Watkins, a Los Angeles-based neck and spine specialist.

A sixth-round pick out of Michigan State by the Tennessee Titans in 2000, Smith has 394 tackles and 21 quarterback sacks during his 11-year career, which including a two-year stint with the Houston Texans (2004-06). Smith has spent the last four seasons with the Browns, totaling 148 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 38 games.

Smith, who turns 34 in November, missed all but two games of the 2008 season with an Achilles injury, but feels he’s got a lot left in his tank.

“I feel better than I’ve ever felt, even coming off my Achilles injury,” said Smith. “My body is just fully, fully recovered. I’m rested, and I feel like a new person. I didn’t play those first couple of years in the league, so I have a lot left.”


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