Cleveland Browns release left tackle Desmond Harrison

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Desmond Harrison
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Desmond Harrison /

In a shocking move, the Cleveland Browns have released left tackle Desmond Harrison. If anything, this news shows confidence in incumbent starter Greg Robinson.

During last season’s NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns took a flyer on undrafted free agent left tackle Desmond Harrison. Harrison showed promise during his tenure with the Dawg Pound, but as of Wednesday afternoon, the Browns have officially relieved the second-year lineman of his duties.

Harrison started the first eight games for the Browns last season, but was benched in favor of Greg Robinson just before Freddie Kitchens took over the offense. Robinson would go on to be the leading man for the Browns’ offensive line renaissance during the second half of last year.

This move certainly comes as a shock, but Harrison was no longer needed by the Browns. With Robinson on a “prove it” deal, and plenty of young offensive linemen seemingly waiting in the wings to take his spot, Harrison was likely not going to make the final roster either way.

He didn’t help his cause as whispers around Berea hinted at Harrison missing meetings and finding himself in the wrong dog house as a result.

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Desmond Harrison will almost certainly have a place in the NFL, even if it’s just as a depth piece. His time in the league is not over, and he has the potential to maybe work his way up to a starting position once again — as long as he can get himself more disciplined. This was simply the time for the Browns to move on from the undrafted second-year tackle.