Report: Cleveland Browns work out brothers Arie and Cyrus Kouandjio
The Cleveland Browns could be in the market for offensive line help as they are reportedly working out Arie and Cyrus Kouandjio.
The Cleveland Browns are holding workouts for free agent offensive linemen and brothers Arie and Cyrus Kouandjio, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Browns are also reportedly holding a workout for free agent running back Orleans Darkwa.
Cyrus Kouandjio has been in the NFL since 2014 and has played for the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. In his career, the 26-year-old has played in 30 career games, including eight starts. In 2018, Kouandjio played two games for the Broncos.
In his five-year career, Cyrus Kouandjio has played 712 offensive snaps. In that time, he has allowed 20 total pressures, including two sacks and two quarterback hits allowed, according to Pro Football Focus. He has been called for seven total penalties.
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The elder Kouandjio, Arie, has been in the NFL since 2015 after being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has played his entire career for Washington despite spending a short time on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad in 2017. He missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing surgery for a partially torn quad in May 2018.
The 27-year-old has played in 17 games in his career, including eight starts. In 553 career offensive snaps, Arie Kouandjio has allowed 24 pressures, including three sacks and seven quarterback hits, according to Pro Football Focus. He has been called for six total penalties.
The Browns have put a lot of work into building depth along their offensive line this offseason, signing Kendall Lamm, Bryan Witzmann, and Eric Kush. They also drafted Drew Forbes in the sixth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. However, Lamm is the only one of the group who has primarily played offensive tackle. Forbes spent most of his time during the offseason program playing guard.
Cyrus Kouandjio has played tackle for most of his NFL career and would provide the extra depth the team needs at the position if the Browns decide to sign him after his workout. Arie Kouandjio has spent most of his NFL career as a guard.
After the Browns released Desmond Harrison in June, Lamm appears to be the most prominent option to be Cleveland’s No. 3 offensive tackle. With training camp around the corner, the Browns could be looking to have more of a competition at the position.
With Browns training camp opening on Thursday, the front office could be looking at their options to add more depth to the roster, or to find more bodies for training camp to keep players healthy. But if they were to sign either of the two Kouandjio brothers, Cyrus Kouandjio would make the most sense considering he plays the position the Browns need more depth at.