One of the more intriguing predicaments the Browns face heading into the 2009 season is the right side of the offensive line.
Being tried out at right guard and tackle are Ryan Tucker, George Foster, John St. Clair and Floyd Womack. All have been starters at the NFL level. Here's a look at each:
Tucker (6'6, 315 pounds): In 134 career games, Tucker has started 102. However, he only played in one game last season, a win against the Giants. In 2007, Tucker started eight games at guard. He's been referred to as the heart of the offensive line and the unit seems to run more efficiently when he's healthy.
Foster (6'5, 338 pounds): Foster is the newest Brown, signing with the team last week. He's played tackle for Detroit and Denver. He started just three games for the Lions last year, but played very well at left tackle for the Broncos early in his career. Head coach Eric Mangini told reporters Foster is only working out at tackle.
(On the addition of George Foster) – "He is a guy that when he came up we looked at and felt would add some good competition to the tackle position. He has started a lot of games in the league. He has played a lot of football. Analyzing that, we felt there was value in bringing him in to increase competition and depth."
"John [St. Clair] is doing a really nice job. I really liked him when I saw him on the free agent tape; I liked the things he did there. As a guy, he is an outstanding person in the locker room, meeting rooms, all of the things I look for from that perspective."