Mangini Connection: Could Browns Have Interest in Alan Faneca?

Richard BairdContributor IIApril 25, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 12:  Alan Faneca #66 of the New York Jets looks on from the sidelines during their game against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 12, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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During the draft, Alan Faneca, the six-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl guard of the New York Jets received a call from Rex Ryan informing him that he was being released.

Faneca says he is upset with the Jets decision to release him and move forward with younger, unproven players.

Eric Mangini was the head coach of the Jets when they signed Faneca and had the opportunity to coach Faneca in New York.

To say that Mangini has taken on many former Jets is an understatement.

Playing for the Browns would allow Alan Faneca to play against both of his former teams. The Browns play the Jets in Week 10 and play the Steelers twice.

If Faneca is interested in coming to Cleveland, the Browns could certainly use a player of his experience and ability. Faneca has familiarity with the coaching staff and many of the players.

While Faneca is not the player he was in his prime, he would be an upgrade over Floyd Womack. His experience would also allow him to help mentor Shaun Lauvao and to aide Alex Mack's development .

Alan Faneca may be 33 years old, but he should have enough left to help improve the Browns' offensive line for a few years.