The Browns have secured one of their free agents before the new league year opens in a couple of weeks.
The team has reached a one-year deal with left tackle Greg Robinson according to his representatives.
Terms of the deal are unknown but you’d have to think Robinson is likely gambling on having a solid 2019 with an opportunity to get a big contract next offseason.
Robinson started the final eight games of the season for the Browns and while he did have a holding penalty in six of those games, he helped protect Baker Mayfield’s blind side and allow the rookie quarterback to lead the Browns to a 5-3 record down the stretch to finish 7-8-1.
It was a resurgence to the 26-year-old’s career who seemed to be out of the NFL last summer after not living up to expectations as the second overall pick by the Rams in 2014 and spending the 2017 season with Detroit after Los Angeles traded him there.
Cleveland signed him just before training camp but many didn’t expect him to be nothing more than a backup.
When undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison faltered in the first half and the coaching change took place, interim coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens made the switch to Robinson and it paid off.
The Browns offensive line didn’t allow a sack in five of the final eight games and Mayfield was pressured nine times by defenses during that span.
Now it’s only a one-year deal and doesn’t address the long term future of the position but Robinson had success and the offensive tackle free agent and draft class isn’t very stacked so bringing him back was a priority for Cleveland.
However, expect for Cleveland to look for an offensive tackle in the middle rounds as they continue to search for the long-term option at the position.
John Dorsey knows he needs to keep Mayfield protected and will look for that left tackle until he finds him.