Next up on our 2021 review of the Browns’ unrestricted free agents is OT Kendall Lamm.
How and When He Joined the Browns: After spending four years with the Houston Texans, Lamm signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2019 to be the team’s backup offensive tackle.
Productivity Level Last Season: My instincts told me that Lamm played more often during the 2020 season, but that was just because he would often come in for a handful of plays while Jedrick Wills was dinged up. During the regular season, Lamm made one start, coming against the Jets in Week 16. He also caught a touchdown pass as an eligible lineman against the Tennessee Titans.
His depth became more important during the team’s first postseason run. With Chris Hubbard already out, an injury to Jack Conklin during the first-round game against the Steelers forced Lamm to fill in the majority of the game at right tackle. The following week against the Chiefs, Wills was injured on the first play, forcing Lamm into action at left tackle (although he only lasted 30 snaps himself before leaving to an injury).
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: Lamm is not a long-term answer at any of the team’s starting positions, but as a fill-in/reserve player, he played at a respectable level and also graded well by Pro Football Focus. With Chris Hubbard still under contract, keeping Lamm would give the Browns two quality backup tackles heading into the 2021 season.
What the Browns Should Do: Lamm’s previous contract was a 2-year deal worth $4.5 million (he also had some playing time incentives in each year, worth up to $1.25 million per year). Considering he has been a backup for the past couple of seasons, I don’t think too many teams are going to pursue him to be their starter.
If Lamm wants to return to Cleveland as a backup, I would offer him a 1-year deal worth $1.2 million, and we can throw in some playing time incentives again. Otherwise, Cleveland can stick with Hubbard, and let the likes of Blake Hance, Alex Taylor, or another undrafted free agent lineman compete for a backup tackle job.
Let us know below whether or not the team should try to re-sign Kendall Lamm.
Should the Browns re-sign OT Kendall Lamm?