Browns sign Earl Watford

The Cleveland Browns are looking for depth along the offensive line and with roster cuts starting to be made across the NFL, the team is starting their search.

Cleveland is reportedly signing veteran offensive lineman Earl Watford according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

The six-year veteran was released by the Chicago Bears on Sunday after spending the offseason with the team.

He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of James Madison.

After leaving Arizona via free agency after the 2016 season, Watford spent time in Jacksonville before returning to Arizona last October where he started nine games in ten appearances.

Pro Football Focus graded him the 74th guard out of 77 during the 2017 season with a 36.7 grade. In 2016, he had a grade of 33.7 and Sam Monson, an analyst of PFF called Watford’s protection a ”nightmare”.

He has experience playing both guard and tackle and I would think based on his reputation, the Browns did not commit a lot of money to him so if he struggles, they cut him with no financial risk.

The team has struggled at offensive line throughout the preseason behind the first team unit.

Spencer Drango has played a lot with of all three preseason games with Kevin Zeitler injured and he hasn’t shown great protection towards Tyrod Taylor or Baker Mayfield. His roster spot could be in jeopardy.


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