Our preview on the Browns’ exclusive rights free agents continues with C Austin Reiter.
How and When He Joined the Browns: In 2016, an early-season injury to then-center Cameron Erving forced the Browns to shift starting right guard John Greco over to center. As an extra insurance policy, they added Reiter to their 53-man roster. He was originally a seventh-round draft pick by the Washington Redskins in 2015 and was on their practice squad when Cleveland poached him.
Productivity Level Last Season: Coming off of a torn ACL, Reiter competed for the backup center role in camp. Starter J.C. Tretter made it through the entire season without missing a down, so Reiter only played 8 snaps on offense, all as a sixth lineman. He was also on the team’s field goal unit (while Tretter was not).
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: Just because the Browns didn’t have a use for him in 2017 doesn’t mean he shouldn’t make the roster in 2018. If your center goes down, not everyone can just slide over and fill in at center. Reiter can be an insurance policy once again, and we are still hanging on to that one fine start he had in 2016 before tearing his ACL.
What the Browns Should Do: Reiter has had two credited seasons in the NFL, so an ERFA tender would cost $630,000. As is the case with most free agents of this type, it’d be a surprise if the Browns didn’t tender him.
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