Cleveland Browns Sign WR Bobby Engram

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJuly 8, 2010

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 23: Bobby Engram #84 of the Seattle Seahawks points on the field during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Qwest Field on December 23, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Ravens 27-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Ever since the 2010 off-season began, critics and fans have debated the wide receiver situation of the Cleveland Browns and what should be done about the lack of veteran presence.

The Browns gave all of those people something more to talk about on Thursday when they signed 14-year veteran Bobby Engram.

Engram comes to Cleveland after spending last season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent the previous seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Engram gives the Browns the veteran presence at the wideout position that fans have been yearning for. Although, most people never expected the veteran player to be Engram.

Mike Holmgren is likely the mastermind behind the signing, as Engram played for Holmgren in Seattle for several seasons.

Over the course of his NFL career, Engram has played in 176 games. He has also collected nearly 8,000 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns.

Even though he may not be the greatest wide receiver to come into Cleveland, fans should still be excited about the addition to the roster. Engram will serve as a great mentor to young receivers such as Carlton Mitchell, Brian Robiskie, and Mohamed Massaquoi.

Another reason why fans should smile about this signing is because it's a sign that the front office is doing work. The new regime is trying to put all of the pieces together to make a stronger football team instead of resting on its laurels. That is always a good sign.

It is not known how Engram will fit into the Cleveland Browns puzzle in 2010. The Browns' wide receivers are already going to be fighting to gain playing time and opportunities. Now they have another man to compete with.

Engram is expected to report to Cleveland at the beginning of next week to participate in some pre-training camp workouts.