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Browns host free agent safety Bradley McDougald on visit

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Bradley McDougald (30) runs after picking up a fumble by the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. on Nov. 13.



The Browns recognize their need at safety and continue to explore options to address it.

They hosted free agent Bradley McDougald on a visit, a league source confirmed Monday to The Chronicle-Telegram. McDougald, 26, is entering his fifth year in the NFL and started the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McDougald (6-foot-, 215 pounds) was undrafted out of Kansas in 2013. He’s started 36 of 51 games with five interceptions, 21 passes defensed, 228 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Last year he had two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and 92 tackles. The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly also shown interest.

McDougald is from the Columbus area.

The Browns could be in the market for two starting safeties in the offseason. They have Ed Reynolds, Derrick Kindred, Ibraheim Campbell and Tyvis Powell on the roster, but none has established himself in the NFL.

Jordan Poyer, who started six games last year, signed with Buffalo as a free agent.

The Browns made a strong push for former Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson at the start of free agency, but he signed with the Baltimore Ravens for less money.


The Browns signed kicker Brett Maher as competition for incumbent Cody Parkey.

Maher (6-0, 186) was undrafted in 2013, spent time with the Jets and Cowboys and hasn’t kicked in an NFL game. He spent the last three seasons in the Canadian Football League, making 41 of 50 field goals.

Parkey joined the Browns in Week 3 last season and made 20 of 25 field goals.

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