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Browns Rumors: OL Joe Haeg to Sign Contract After Raiders Visit amid Conklin Recovery

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The Cleveland Browns reportedly found terms on a cope with free-agent offensive lineman Joe Haeg on Sunday.

In accordance with NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the move will come in the wake of Haeg visiting with the NEVADA Raiders and provides the Browns some insurance with starting right tackle Jack Conklin continuing to work his in the past from knee surgery.

Haeg, 29, is really a six-year NFL veteran who was simply released by the Pittsburgh Steelers the other day.

The Indianapolis Colts originally selected Haeg in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft out of North Dakota State, and he remained in Indy for four seasons. Then spent 2020 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2021 with the Steelers, winning a brilliant Bowl in his only season in Tampa.

Despite being truly a Day 3 draft pick, Haeg was essentially a starter out from the gates, making 14 starts as a rookie in 2016 and 15 starts the next season.

He started a complete of just nine games the next three seasons combined, and of the 12 games he was active for with the Steelers last season, he started just two of these.

Haeg has primarily been the right tackle during his NFL career, which explains why the Browns signing him may very well be a move directly linked with Conklin; however, he’s got some versatility and is with the capacity of playing guard aswell.

When fully healthy, the Browns have one of the better offensive lines in football with Conklin, Jedrick Wills Jr., Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller at the forefront.

The line was already compromised to some extent, though, because of center Nick Harris landing on injured reserve and getting replaced by Ethan Pocic.

Cleveland’s offensive line play will arguably become more important than ever before this year with quarterback Deshaun Watson set to skip the Browns’ first 11 games because of suspension.

The Browns figure to lean heavily on the running game with the trio of Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson, plus quarterback Jacoby Brissett will require the very best protection possible to be able to have an opportunity to thrive while Watson has gone out.

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