Browns sign McQuistan; pass the No-Doz
So the Browns have signed offensive lineman Paul McQuistan.
Pardon me if I stifle a yawn.
Signing McQuistan does not fix what ails the Browns’ offensive line. It doesn’t even come close. It’s not even a building block.
The Browns cited his versatility when announcing the two-year contract agreement. I don’t want to know how versatile he is. I want to know how good he is.
Yes, he played on a fairly regular basis for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks for the last three seasons. But there was no way he would have been a starter for the Seahawks in 2014.
Another statistic to factor into the McQuistan equation: He’ll he 31 years old by the beginning of the season. When you sign a 31-year-old offensive lineman, it’s more for depth than regular duty.
If somehow McQuistan winds up on the starting line this September, that will tell you all you need to know about how much this unit has been improved. In other words, not at all.
The Browns not only need to get better on the offensive line, especially at the guards, they need to get younger.
Versatility and experience are nice attributes for a player like McQuistan, but c’mon, the Browns can certainly do better. Much better. Look for at least one guard to be selected in the college draft in May.
So excuse me if I don’t get too excited about McQuistan’s arrival in Cleveland. It prompted me to reach for the No-Doz, which I used earlier when the Browns signed free agent defensive back Isaiah Trufant.
Both men might make the team, but their contributions hopefully will be limited.