The Cleveland Browns invested heavily this offseason in securing the futures of three offensive linemen: guards Joel Bitonio and Kevin Zeitler, and center J.C. Tretter, to go along with left tackle Joe Thomas.
Right tackle was the only position left relatively unaddressed, as the club let last year’s starter, Austin Pasztor, walk in free agency. That meant the Browns were willing to let Shon Coleman and Cam Erving compete for the vacancy, and all indications are that Coleman has the edge over Erving.
But what about Pasztor? It was surprising that after a pretty decent 2016 season, he hadn’t found a team to latch on to either as a starter or a backup. Fans had wondered whether the team would still consider re-signing him late if the right tackle competition wasn’t up to par. But now, it sounds like Pasztor’s wait may have paid off, as his agent tweeted that he’s agreed to a one-year deal with the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons:
Based on what our Falcons affiliate is saying, Pasztor has a good chance at stepping in and starting by the beginning of the season.