Our next free agent review looks at offensive lineman Ryan Seymour.
OL Ryan Seymour
How and When He Joined the 49ers. The Browns released him in the front half of September, but signed him to their practice squad for about a month before adding him to the 53-man roster in October for the rest of the year.: At the beginning of the regular season in 2014, the Cleveland Browns claimed Seymour off waivers from the
Productivity Level Last Season: Seymour was sitting on the bench but finally was inserted into the starting lineup part-way through the team's loss to the Buffalo Bills, as center Nick McDonald had suffered an injury. The coaching staff was impressed enough with Seymour and had seen enough from McDonald, so they started him at center from Weeks 14-16. Seymour suffered a hamstring injury in his final game, forcing him to miss the season finale.
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: He didn't like the world on fire, but seemed to be a slight upgrade over McDonald with the added benefit of being able to play some other positions on the line.
What the Browns Should Do: The ERFA label applies to players who have less than three accrued seasons in the NFL (i.e. 6 games or more on the roster or IR). Under the ERFA rules, the Browns could offer these players a one-year tender worth $585,000, which is equivalent to the minimum salary for a player with two accrued seasons. If the Browns make an offer to an ERFA, no other team would be able to sign the player.
Currently, McDonald is still on the roster. I would cut him to get him off the cap, and then tender Seymour. Seymour can play the center position during some of the team's offseason programs, allowing Alex Mack to continue rehabbing from his broken leg. When Mack is ready to return, Seymour can be a versatile backup on the offensive line, allowing John Greco to stay focused on his starting right guard spot.
Now it's your turn -- vote in the poll below on whether or not the team should try to tender Ryan Seymour!