I apologize for the delay in reporting, as I was quite busy this past week. The day before free agency started, I stated that I would be happy if the Browns signed defensive end Robaire Smith as our main addition to the defensive line. Several weeks later, the Browns came through by signing him to a four-year deal. Smith, originally a sixth-round draft choice in 2000 by the Tennessee Titans, played with the Houston Texans for two years before going back to the Titans last season. Smith played in 12 games last year and recorded 76 tackles and half of a sack. Although those aren't eye-popping stats necessarily, I believe he will be a much better fit in the 3-4 defense than Alvin McKinley was.
So, at the moment our defensive line looks like this:
- Right End: Robaire Smith
- D. Tackle: Ted Washington
- Left End: Orpheus Roye
In one interesting tidbit before I sign off, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Browns are one of four teams interested in trading for Miami Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare. I like Phil Dawson, but I'm sure that Romeo Crennel and company weren't too pleased with some of Dawson's misses last season.