The Cleveland Browns have had their share of big-name players, including these seven that you might not remember spending time with the team
There was a time when the Cleveland Browns were one of the more dominant teams in football. They had some of the biggest stars with Jim Brown, Otto Graham, Paul Warfield, and many others on their roster.
However, the Browns have also had other big-name stars come through that aren’t exactly associated with the franchise. This happens all over the NFL, as we are seeing now with Tom Brady recently posing for pictures in his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform.
No matter what success Brady has with Tampa Bay, he’s going to be remembered as a Patriot. Cleveland has had their share of players who fit that bill as we now look at seven big-names that played with the Browns that you might have forgotten about.
He had some flashes, but wasn’t the same guy
After spending 12 seasons with the New England Patriots, edge rusher Willie McGinest headed to the Browns in 2006. McGinest signed a three-year deal and was reunited with Romeo Crennel, who was the head coach in Cleveland and had previously served as McGinest’s defensive coordinator with the Patriots.
He played those three seasons with the Browns and provided a solid veteran presence on their defense. He recorded 132 tackles in that span but wasn’t the same force off the edge as he had eight sacks in the orange and brown.
Some might remember McGinest for his time with Cleveland but that’s not the case for most when they think of him. Instead, McGinest is remembered for his days with New England.