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Bentley, Browns reach settlement on lawsuit

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Multiple reports say that former Browns C LeCharles Bentley has settled the two-year-old lawsuit he had against the team. The lawsuit came after Bentley suffered a career-ending staph infection while with the team in 2006-07 when he was rehabiltating a knee injury.

According to Cleveland.com, court records show the case is pending but both Bentley and the Browns have confirmed that an agreement has been reached.

Bentley announced the settlement Monday night in a statement that he released to Fox Sports. "These last six years have been the most trying time of my life, but now that it is over I can honestly say I am a better man for having gone through it," he said. "Randy Lerner and I — two men born and raised in Cleveland — were able to sit down face-to-face back in June and come to an agreement that was fair."

Bentley, a Cleveland native and a two-time Pro Bowler with the Saints, signed a six-year contract with his hometown Browns as a free agent in 2006. However, he tore a tendon in his left knee on the first day of training camp in '06 and never played another down.

He sued the Browns in 2010, saying that the team convinced him to rehabilitate his injured knee at its headquarters without telling him about other players who had contracted staph infections there.

Former Browns WR Joe Jurevicius, who also sued the Browns and reached an undisclosed settlement in 2010, was one player who had a staph infection. So did former Browns Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards, Brian Russell and Ben Taylor.

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