Browns extend DE John Hughes

CLEVELAND -- The Browns' first big addition of free agency comes from in-house.

The Browns announced Friday that they have re-signed defensive end John Hughes to a contract extension.

Hughes' contract is a four-year, $14.4 million deal with $12.8 million in base salary and $3.56 million guaranteed, according to a source.

"It's an amazing feeling," Hughes said in a team release. "For the Cleveland Browns to have the faith in me and believe in me to sign me a year early, it's just a great feeling."

Hughes missed 11 games last year with an injured MCL but has been a productive rotational lineman for the Browns, recording 68 tackles and four sacks in 2012 and '13. The Browns consider him an ascending player and are signing him as such. The 6-foot-2, 320-pound Hughes had 17 tackles last year.

"I feel like not just me, but the team has a lot to prove," Hughes said in the team release. "I feel like we have a lot to do."

Hughes underwent a physical Friday to finalize the deal.

The Browns have depth at defensive end with Hughes, Desmond Bryant, Billy Winn and Armonty Bryant, while former first-round pick Phil Taylor can play tackle or end.

Despite having more than $40 million in cap space at the start of the new league year Tuesday, the Browns have been relatively quiet on the open market. They offered a contract to former Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, who signed with Miami on Thursday.