1. Josh Kline, Guard
The final player we look at has connections to the coaching staff as well as the state the Browns play in. Josh Kline was born in Illinois but lived near Akron, Ohio before moving to Mason, Ohio during his high school years. A Cleveland Browns fan growing up, Kline then went to Kent State before going undrafted in 2013.
He found himself an NFL home early as he was signed by the New England Patriots. He quickly earned a role with the Pats and by 2015, he was a regular starter for them — starting 13 of 14 games played. Kline then landed with the Tennessee Titans when he was released ahead of the 2016 season while dealing with a shoulder injury.
It was proven that New England let a solid player go as Kline then started 46 games over the next three seasons for Tennessee (missing just two games in 2016). He played well enough to get a three-year $15.75 million contract from the Minnesota Vikings last season, where he worked with Kevin Stefanski, who was the offensive coordinator.
Kline was a solid fit for Minnesota but struggled with a foot injury and concussion, which caused him to miss three games. He was then released but the fact is, he was still liked well enough by Stefanski that his team decided to give him a three-year deal to work in the coach’s offense.
That alone is enough reason to kick the tires, especially now that Drew Forbes isn’t there to challenge Wyatt Teller.
Kline could do exactly that and if Teller beats him out, great. If not, they have a trusted veteran who understands this offense.