Cleveland Browns: What the team should do this off season

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Guest post from Cleveland radio host Bill Smith, learn more about him and check out his work via the links at the end of the page.

Step 1 – sign a UFA RT

My top choice would be Jared Gaither, Chargers:  He will be 26 years old by the start of the 2012 season.  Gaither has played in 48 games with 33 starts.  He was a supplemental pick of the Ravens in 2006.

Gaither started in his second and third years for the Ravens but was out all of 2010 with a back injury.  He was released by the Ravens and was picked up by the Chiefs in 2011 but did not start any the ten games in which he played.  When he was released by the Chiefs, he was picked up by the Chargers and did well starting the last 5 games of the season replacing the injured Marcus McNeill.  A three team resume is always an issue with a player that has been passed around like bowl of taco chips.  I liked Gaither coming out of college.

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Cleveland Browns Re-sign Joe Thomas: 7 Years, $84 Million, $44 Million Guaranteed

The Cleveland Browns re-upped with Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas last night. He was given a seven-year, $84 million extension with roughly $44 million in guaranteed money. Thomas was to enter the final year of his rookie contract; which he signed after being taken with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. That followed a stellar career with the Wisconsin Badgers in which he was one of the Big Ten’s most dominating OL in history.

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