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2012 NFL Free Agency: Guard Eric Steinbach Released By The Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns have released guard Eric Steinbach after four years with the team. Steinbach, who began his career in Cincinnati from 2003-2006, missed all of the 2011 season after having back surgery last August. Steinbach's release comes after he was unable come to terms with the Browns on a restructuring of the remaining three years of his 7year/$49.5 million contract he signed in 2007. He is now an unrestricted free agent. According to Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post, Steinbach said the following regarding his release:

I'm proud to say that the offensive line has been a bright spot through the past few seasons. It has been a privilege to play for the city of Cleveland and it's rich tradition...I will continue to work with the Browns through my agent in hopes of striking a deal that is practical and fair for both sides. In the mean time, I will explore other opportunities.

Steinbach's injury history causes some concern, however, for a team as desperate for guard help as the Cincinnati Bengals, a player of Steinbach's caliber is certainly worth a look. Considering his history in Cincinnati, would the 31 year old Eric Steinbach be a good signing for the Bengals?

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