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Kevin Zeitler cashes in, headed to Cleveland in line overhaul

Kevin Zeitler

Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler is shown during an NFL football game between the Bengals and the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Tony Dejak

Whoever ends up playing for the Browns should at least be well protected.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, big-ticket Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler is headed to the Browns.

The contract is for five years and $60 million, and includes $31.5 million in guarantees.

They’ve already dropped a huge extension on guard Joel Bitonio and signed Packers center J.C. Tretter today. Coupled with left tackle Joe Thomas, it stands to be a comfortable pocket for whomever ends up in it.

While spending piles of money on guards can be dubious, the Browns have it, and appear serious about providing a stable foundation.

It also significantly weakens a division rival, as the Bengals have also lost left tackle Andrew Whitworth today.