Another Body for the Offensive Line

Lane Adkins reports via email today that the Cleveland Browns have decided to give another free agent lineman a shot. Find out who it is, and a little about his history in the NFL...

Lane Adkins reports today that the Browns have signed free agent OG Ray Redziniak to a contract. The 24-year-old Redziniak is originally from the University of Illinois and has played with a number of teams since graduating in 2001.

While at Illinois, Redziniak was a two-time All Big-10 player and team captain as well as an honorable mention All-American player. Since graduating, Redziniak has spent time with the New York Giants (who signed him as an undrafted free agent the day after the 2001 draft), Miami Dolphins, and Cincinnati Bengals, as well as time in NFL Europe with the Barcelona Dragons.

The Browns have brought several young offensive linemen to camp to see if any can impress. Along with 2002 undrafted free agent Qasim Mitchell, and draft choices Jeff Faine and Ryan Pontbriand, the team is looking at new undrafted free agents Gus Felder, Enoch DeMar, Jason Jimenez and Chuck Klabo. The team also still has OG Chad Ward on the roster from his time on the practice squad in 2002.

At 6-3 and 310 pounds, Redziniak fits the Butch Davis mold of 300+ pound offensive linemen. With the emergence of Mitchell and the move of Melvin Fowler to guard, however, he will have a tough road ahead of him.


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