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Browns lose some O-line depth to the Cardinals

Offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt signs a one-year deal with Arizona in free agency.

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The Cleveland Browns lost some depth along the offensive line on Wednesday after Hjalte Froholdt agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Froholdt joins quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who agreed to a deal with the Washington Commanders, and defensive tackle Taven Bryan, who is heading to the Indianapolis Colts, as former Cleveland players who found a new home today via free agency.

A fourth-round selection by the New England Patriots in 2019, Froholdt arrived in Cleveland in 2021 when the Browns signed him off the Houston Texans’ practice squad. He moved between the practice squad and the gameday roster that season, ultimately appearing in six games and playing 18 snaps on special teams.

Last season, Froholdt was on the roster for all 17 games and was forced into the starting lineup when center Ethan Pocic was out for four games with a knee injury. As center is not Froholdt’s natural position, he struggled more often than not, but should still be credited for giving it his all.

Froholdt also filled in for two games at right guard when Wyatt Teller was out and faired a little bit better, as he posted a pass-blocking grade of 87.3 against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8 and a run-blocking grade of 90 the following week against the Miami Dolphins, according to Pro Football Focus.