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Cleveland Browns Free Agent Review: OL Earl Watford

Will Cleveland retain one of their veteran offensive lineman from a year ago?

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Our next undrafted free agent preview looks at OL Earl Watford.

Cleveland Browns v New Orleans Saints
“I wish I could get in the game.”
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How and When He Joined the Browns: The Browns signed Watford just before the start of the regular season after the veteran had been let go by the Chicago Bears. He had some starting experience in his career with the Arizona Cardinals.

Productivity Level Last Season: Watford played in 13 games, but did not make a start. He played 51 snaps on special teams, and six snaps as a sixth offensive lineman.

Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: He played with the Arizona Cardinals for five years, including some starts with them. Not that Freddie Kitchens knew him a lot, but that ties the two together in terms of having experience together in the same offense. Kitchens may feel he is a good backup to keep around, just like a year ago.

What the Browns Should Do: This is one of those “it doesn’t matter” moves, as Watford is viewed as “just another guy” at this point in time. If the team wants to offer him the veteran minimum for 2019, then sure, I am fine with that. If they’d rather use that roster spot on an extra undrafted free agent, that’s fine too.

Let us know below whether or not the team should try to re-sign Earl Watford!


Should the Browns re-sign OL Earl Watford?

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