Browns sign Randy Starks

CLEVELAND -- The Browns have finalized their first sizable deal on free agency's open market, signing veteran defensive tackle Randy Starks.

Terms were not disclosed but Starks agreed to a two-year deal worth close to $8 million, according to a source.

"Randy is a seasoned veteran defensive lineman that has performed consistently well over time," general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "He can bang in the run game but also has the ability to affect the passer. He's a versatile player that has played in different fronts. We like what he brings to the table and think he can help us win games."

He is the second former Dolphins player to sign with the Browns after being released by Miami this offseason, joining wide receiver Brian Hartline, who agreed to a contract with Cleveland last week before the free-agent period began on March 11. Hartline was permitted to sign before that date because he was released by his former team.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Starks, 31, is a versatile option with the ability to play end or tackle in a 3-4 defense.

Starks met with Browns coach Mike Pettine and GM Farmer in Cleveland over the weekend. He'll also be reunited with former Dolphins teammate linebacker Karlos Dansby in Cleveland.

"I'm excited to sign with the Browns because I like what they are building," Starks said in the statement. "I think they are going to become a good team. I like what I heard from the coaching staff and the interest they took in me. An attacking and aggressive defensive scheme is one that suits me and I think I can be very successful in this type of system. Karlos Dansby had really great things to say about the coaching staff and he's a guy that I'm looking forward to playing with again."

Starks was released last week by the Dolphins, who needed the additional $5 million gained from his exit to help fit Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's six-year, $114 million deal under their cap. Starks, who would have been relegated to a backup in Miami with Suh's arrival, finished last season with 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks. In 11 seasons, he has 277 tackles and 41 sacks.

The Browns have good depth at defensive line but are relatively young. Starks' experience will provide more balance to the rotation. On Friday, the Browns re-signed defensive end John Hughes to a four-year, $14.4 million deal.