A day after the Browns primary right tackle in their post-expansion years, Ryan Tucker, announced his unsurprising retirement, the Browns have landed free agent OT Tony Pashos to take over the position.
According to a report by top-of-the-agent-call-list ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, the Browns have inked the career back-up to a three-year, $10.3 million dollar deal. Pashos has been a career back-up, playing for several years in Jacksonville and most recently in San Francisco.
Pashos is not a big-name signing, and Browns fans can be forgiven if some of them shrug their shoulders, but the initial impression is that it's a relatively savvy deal. Pashos is ready to step up as a starter, which he was slated to do in San Francisco prior to hurting his shoulder. He's a good locker room guy, and knows his craft. The cost of the signing is also reasonable.
Pashos will compete, and has a good chance of winning, the starting right tackle spot for the Browns. The position was handled last year by journeymen John St. Clair and Floyd Womack. The right side of the line struggled throughout much of the season and was considered a key area needing improvement during this off-season. Holmgren and Heckert clearly hope that Pashos is a partial answer.
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