The Cleveland Browns continued to add depth along the offensive line on Friday with the signing of free agent guard Bryan Witzmann.
Witzmann entered the NFL in 2014 when the Houston Texans signed him as an undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State, where he played left tackle. It wasn’t until 2016 that he appeared in a game, however, after joining the Kansas City Chiefs. Witzmann spent two seasons with the Chiefs, making 13 starts at left guard in 2017 (out of 27 total appearances), before moving on to the Chicago Bears in 2018.
With the Bears, Witzmann appeared in 10 games and made seven starts at right guard, including Chicago’s playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was the 65th ranked guard by Pro Football Focus, finishing the year with a grade of 49.8.
Witzmann was tagged as an “under-the-radar” free agent by Jared Dubin at CBS Sports:
A relatively unknown guard, Witzmann went from allowing 27 hurries across 14 games in 2017 to allowing just 10 in 10 games last year. That’s a pretty solid improvement for a mid-career veteran. Spotrac pegged him as being worth around $4.5 million per year over three years, and that’s a very affordable contract for a potential starter or solid backup at either guard spot.
Witzmann is the second former Bears/Chiefs offensive lineman that Dorsey has signed, joining guard Eric Kush, who signed with the Browns last week.