Cleveland Browns: More Excess Baggage

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIMay 30, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 8:  Offensive lineman Hank Fraley #66 of the Cleveland Browns waits for the snap during the game against the Carolina Panthers on October 8, 2006, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carolina won 20-12. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

This article is a continuation of this article; http://bleacherreport.com/articles/186602-what-do-the-browns-do-with-their-excess-baggage

Along with Derek Anderson and Donte' Stallworth, there is one more notable player that doesn't seem to fit into the grand scheme of things in Cleveland. That player is Hank Fraley.

Fraley had to suspect that his days as a Brown were numbered the moment they drafted Alex Mack with their first selection. With the offensive line under a lot of scrutiny last year, Fraley was most known for criticizing the decision to take Derek Anderson out of the starting lineup.

As center and quarterback, Fraley and Anderson had a close relationship. The reality is that if both are still on the team when the regular season starts, they will be spending a lot of time next to each other on the bench.

An organization doesn't take a lineman with its first overall pick to sit him on the bench. I don't see Mack replacing either Eric Steinbach or newly acquired Floyd Womack. That does leave Fraley as the odd man out.

The Browns may want to keep Fraley as a backup center. However, withΒ Rex Hadnot on the depth chart, keeping Fraley around really doesn't make a lot of sense.

The good news is that unlike Anderson and Stallworth, other teams will be interested in acquiring Fraley. One team that immediately comes to mind is the Detroit Lions. After going 0-16, they need all the help they can get on that offensive line.


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