The Cleveland Browns have announced that they have added Tony Pashos and Scott Fujita to the roster. Pashos is a right tackle most recently on the bench in San Francisco after getting a broken shoulder in October of 2009. Pashos will certainly compete for the right tackle position this upcoming season, if not be the starter already. In his press release, Holmgren stated that Pashos would compete both inside and outside on the offensive line.
Scott Fujita is an even more interesting signing if you ask me. Fujita is experienced, big, and has been a playmaker over his career. I won’t sit here and try to tell you he is one of the greatest linebackers of all time, but it is possible he comes in with the best pedigree since Jamir Miller, and without the mileage of Willie McGinest when he showed up in Cleveland in 2006. The 8 year veteran is 30 years old, has 19 career sacks and 5 career interceptions.
It is nice to see the Browns address some spots of need, but you have to wonder what it feels like to be in D’Qwell Jackson’s house right now. The Browns still control Jackson’s future, and the addition of Fujita doesn’t necessarily mean that the Browns will say goodbye to D’Qwell. At the same time, with Matt Roth also tendered and linebackers like Eric Barton and David Bowens coming back, the position gets a bit more crowded and the Browns’ bargaining power goes up just a little bit.
For more, check out ProFootballTalk’s article about the Saints’ perspective.
More on the new players from the Browns’ Press Release:
The 29-year-old Pashos originally was a fifth-round draft choice of Baltimore in 2003. He has spent four years with the Ravens (2003-06), two with Jacksonville (2007-08) and one with the 49ers (2009). During that time he has played in 74 games with 55 starts, all at right tackle. Over a three-year period from 2006-08, he started all 47 games in which he played. This includes 16 with the Ravens in 2006 and the Jaguars in 2008, and 15 for Jacksonville in 2007. In 2006, he was part of a Ravens line that allowed only 17 sacks, the second-lowest total in the NFL that year, while running back Jamal Lewis rushed for 1,132 yards. In 2007, he was a member of a Jaguars line which led a running game that averaged 149.4 yards per contest, the second-best figure in the league, led by a 1,202-yard rushing effort by Fred Taylor, who averaged 5.4 yards per carry. In 2008, Jacksonville averaged 4.2 yards per rush attempt as both Maurice Jones-Drew (824) and Taylor (556) surpassed the 500-yard rushing plateau.
The 6-6, 325-pound Pashos was a four-year letterman at Illinois (1999-2002) where he started 47 games at right tackle and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as both a junior and senior. He graduated with a degree in history and a minor in political science. Born August 3, 1980, he attended Lockport (Ill.) High School, where he earned a total of nine varsity letters, including four in football, three in track and two in powerlifting.
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