Browns re-sign free-agent linebacker Tank Carder

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Jeremy Kerley #11, left, of the New York Jets exchanges jerseys with Tank Carder #59 of the Cleveland Browns after a game at MetLife Stadium on September 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The two players played college ball at TCU. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have re-signed free-agent linebacker Tank Carder, who missed last season with a knee injury.

Carder has been a valuable contributor since the Browns claimed him off waivers from Buffalo in 2012. He has been on the Cleveland roster longer than any player, surviving coaching changes and upheaval.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder was expected to start last season before he tore a knee ligament during a Aug. 21 exhibition against the New York Giants. He had surgery and was placed on injured reserve.

Joe Schobert took Carder’s spot and made the Pro Bowl in his second season.

Carder has appeared in 77 games with the Browns and was voted a captain in 2016. The Bills selected Carder in the fifth round of 2012 draft out of TCU.

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