The Browns once again are showing interest in another one of new head coach Mike Pettine’s former players, this time Bills’ defensive lineman Alex Carrington. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting both the Browns and the Rams have shown interest in the former third round pick.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2014
Carrington averaged 52 snaps a game in just three games for the Bills last season before suffering a season ending injury to his quad. The 26 year old product of Arkansas State was just starting to find his legs in Mike Pettine’s defense before having his season ended. The Bills valued both Carrington’s ability to play defensive end in their base defense as well as get after the passer in nickel and sub packages.
Many around Buffalo believed the Bills would try to resign Carrington this off season, an idea that seemed to fit well with Carrington himself.
Describing his situation in Buffalo, Carrington told Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News, “It’s the perfect defense for me and everything. I love the community.”
With the Browns hiring of Mike Pettine, the defense Carrington felt was perfect for him has now relocated a few hours west in a community very similar to the one Carrington loved in Buffalo.
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