Browns bolster the O-line with Bentley and Shaffer

Phil Savage and the Browns started the free-agent signing period with a bang, landing center LeCharles Bentley and offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer. This continues Savage’s emphasis on rebuilding the offensive line that he started last season. After years of neglect, it’s refreshing to see this franchise pay attention to one of the most important parts of the team.

Bentley is the big story here. He was ranked by ESPN as the top free agent on the market. Shaffer is also an important addition. he was ranked as the 26th best free agent, and he will step into the hole left by the departure of left tackle L. J. Shelton.

Landing the highly regarded Bentley is a huge acquisition for the Browns, who wanted more bulk and power on the interior of their offensive line. The signing represents a homecoming for Bentley, who is a Cleveland native, attended that city’s St. Ignatius High School, and is a longtime Browns fan.

Bentley can also play guard, so it will interesting to see how the Browns will use him. They have an experienced center and two experienced guards, though the guards had to fight through injuries last season.

It’s a great start. We should expect a lot more.

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