Cleveland Browns: 3 Remaining free agents with ties to team

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3. Josh Kline, Guard

We stick with the offensive line after mentioning Ronald Leary, who could be a good pick up for the Browns. However, there’s someone who would have a better connection to the offensive staff in Cleveland which is veteran guard Josh Kline.

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Originally undrafted out of Kent State in 2013, Kline was with the New England Patriots for three seasons. He was waived ahead of the 2016 season and the Tennessee Titans claimed him and before long, he was their starting right guard.

He spent three seasons in Tennessee and started 46 consecutive games. Then, he joined the Minnesota Vikings who had been dealing with their own issues on the offensive line. In an effort to shore things up, they gave Kline a three-year $15.75 million contract. That’s not Pro Bowl-type money, but it’s also nothing to shake a stick at — meaning the Vikings, who were led by Kevin Stefanski on offense — felt he was a good enough fit in their system to pay him well.

A foot injury and a concussion caused him to miss a few games but Kline was still a starter for 13 games in 2019. In all, he has 92 career games played with 77 starts. That’s an awful lot of experience, not to mention his familiarity with Stefanski.

The Browns would be smart to add competition to a position that looks to be between Wyatt Teller and Drew Forbes at this point.