With linebacker D’Qwell Jackson on injured reserve — and apparently spurned in their efforts to pilfer linebacker Tully Banta-Cain from the Patriots — the Browns have filled Jackson’s roster spot by signing veteran tight end Michael Gaines.
The team announced the move this morning.
Gaines entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Panthers in 2004. He has bounced since them from Buffalo to Detroit to Chicago, and he was released by the Bears after the first four weeks of the 2009 season.
Coincidentally, the Browns play the Bears in less than two weeks.