It was reported on Tuesday that the Cleveland Browns were interested in free agent linebacker Manny Lawson. It certainly made sense – the weakest link of the Browns defense is found in the linebackers, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Scott Fujita and his health. Lawson, with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, is an athletic outside linebacker and would be a much-needed depth signing for the Browns.
Or, at least he would have been. As it turns out, the report that the Browns were interested in Lawson is false.
It’s interesting, because the Browns could certainly use plenty of help on that front, as they ranked 30th against the run (147.4 yards per game) in 2011. Lawson’s best season came in 2009 with the San Francisco 49ers, when he had 68 tackles and 6.5 sacks.