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Cleveland Browns ERFA Review: OG Chris Barker

After suffering an Achilles injury last year, will the Browns let Barker be with the club again?

Our preview on the Browns’ exclusive rights free agents continues with OG Chris Barker.

How and When He Joined the Browns: In May 2017, the Browns claimed Barker off waivers from the Patriots. He was originally an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 2013. From 2013-2016, he bounced between the Patriots’ roster and practice squad many times.

Productivity Level Last Season: Before he could even get into the mix of training camp, Barker was waived/injured at the end of July 2017 with a ruptured left Achilles.

Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: I almost always make the case of why it makes sense to keep a player, but in this case, I really don’t see the advantage of retaining Barker.

What the Browns Should Do: Barker has spent most of his NFL career on Patriots’ practice squads. He saw about three months of offseason action with Cleveland last year before suffering a ruptured left Achilles. Odds are, he wasn’t going to make the final roster anyway. Add in the fact that he’s coming off of a big injury, and I wouldn’t even tender him if I was the Browns. He should become a free agent.

Let us know below whether or not the team should try to tender or re-sign Chris Barker!


Should the Browns tender OG Chris Barker?

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