Browns offense: Better or worse after free agency?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 31: Jarvis Landry /
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In: Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson

Out: Joe Thomas (sigh)

The Browns are about to find out just how bad life can be without Joe Thomas after the future Hall of Fame left tackle announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Third-year tackle Shon Coleman, who played last season on the right side, will get the first shot at replacing Thomas. Coleman moving from the right side to the left is being made possible because the Browns signed Chris Hubbard from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will install him at right tackle.

Hubbard spent five seasons with the Steelers, making 14 starts, 10 of which came last season at right tackle. He is also familiar with offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s system, so Hubbard should be able to step right in as the stater.

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Donald Stephenson is essentially a depth signing as he has done little of note during his seven years in the league.

Verdict: Offensive line is worse, simply because it no longer has Joe Thomas at left tackle. However, the interior of the line is still strong and Hubbard should be solid at right tackle. If Coleman, or a tackle selected in the draft, can hold down the left side, the outlook gets a whole lot better.