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Browns signed up to five starters in free agency

The Cleveland Browns' free-agency plan seemed so methodical, their only external signing during the first week was journeyman quarterback Thad Lewis to a one-year deal.

But the Browns got busy last week with several signings that, when coupled with previous pickups of Josh McCown and Brian Hartline, help the team's depth in several areas. Most of these players, as it stands, will have an inside track on a starting job until proven otherwise.

Here's a breakdown of each of those five and whether the team got a bona fide, probable or possible starter:

QB Josh McCown (probable starter): McCown is a bridge starter in the truest sense, so there's always room for a young player to take ownership of the job. But based on the Browns' quarterback situation, the team signed McCown with a purpose -- to play. He's more probable and possible for this category.

WR Dwayne Bowe (bona fide starter): Top-shelf No. 1 receivers haven't been available this offseason, but Bowe might be the closest thing -- a former No. 1 who, at the least, is a formidable option on the outside. This is a deal that had to get done for what was arguably the league's worst receiving corps.

WR Brian Hartline (probable starter): Hartline isn't a splashy pickup -- his game will might remind Browns fans of Miles Austin -- but he's two years removed from back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He's a reliable starter. Even if the Browns use a high pick on a receiver, expect Hartline to start alongside Bowe and Andrew Hawkins in the slot.

DT Randy Starks (possible starter): Starks can play end or tackle in this scheme, but the Browns have depth at this spot and like to play a hearty rotation. Desmond Bryant will start in one end spot, primarily leaving Starsk, Phil Taylor, Billy Winn and John Hughes to fight for that other end spot, though all will get playing time at various spots. Picking up a natural two-down nose tackle in the draft will free up Starks and others to play nose in a nickel package if necessary.

CB Tramon Williams (probable starter): The Browns are paying Williams starter's money ($10 million guaranteed on a three-year deal), and his experience is too thorough not to play significant snaps. But the Browns promote competition at every spot, and if for some reason Justin Gilbert comes back rejuvenated, he could win the outside corner job alongside Joe Haden. Williams, however, is the safe play.