The Browns have announced the signings of two new players – linebacker Scott Fujita and right tackle Tony Pashos. The terms of Fujita’s deal were not disclosed, but it was a multi-year contract for the 30-year-old Super Bowl champion. Pashos was signed to a three-year, $10.3 million deal.
Fujita, most likely playing inside linebacker in the Browns’ 3-4 defensive scheme, will probably be much more of a leader and presence in the locker room than a huge difference maker on the field, though he is an upgrade at the position and can still make plenty of plays. He will be invaluable to a young defense that needs a leader, much like Joe Jurevicius was to the receiving corps when he was around.
Pashos will be asked to attempt to shore up the right side of the offensive line, which was mostly a mess last season. He did miss 11 games last season with the San Francisco 49ers, 10 of which were because of a broken left shoulder blade.
It’s nice to see the front office active over the weekend, convincing a player like Fujita to come help turn this team around (though they probably just handed him many cloth sacks with dollar signs on them, which helped his decision). His presence will probably be felt in ways other than just on the field, and that’s important for a team looking for an identity. And Pashos, despite his injuries, can certainly help fix the offensive line. Keep in mind that before his injury last season, Pashos missed only one game in his previous three seasons.