The Browns have signed offensive guard Cosey Coleman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a free agent contract, according to a report published this evening on ESPN. The agreement is reported to be a two-year deal with a half-million signing bonus.
With the signing of Coleman, the Browns have addressed what GM Phil Savage feels to be one of the team's most critical problems. Savage has repeated stressed the Browns need to shore up the interior of the line, and signs Coleman less than a week after signing former Patriot OG Joe Andruzzi. Rumors are still churning in the local and national media that center Jeff Faine may be the next starter to be replaced.
Coleman comes to the Browns one year after a dalliance with the team. As a free agent last year, the Browns courted Coleman, who eventually decided to return to Tampa Bay. This year, with Tampa Bay needing to address multiple signings, Coleman was able to move on to Cleveland.
Current right guard Kelvin Garmon is slated to recieve $1.4 million this season and $1.7 million next year. Paul Zukauskas also has started at right guard in the past several years, but was allowed to leave the team as he was not offered a contract prior to the start of free agency.