The Cleveland Browns signed another free agent when they agreed to a contract with Paul McQuistan. The versatile guard will return to Cleveland on a two year deal worth three million dollars, including a signing bonus worth $750,000. With incentives the contract could max out at five million.

The nine year veteran was drafted back in 2006 by the Oakland Raiders in the third round. In three seasons with Oakland, McQuistan started only 12 games, and then was released mid-season during the 2009 campaign. The Jacksonville Jaguars picked up the offensive lineman and he remained with the team until the season concluded.

In October 2010, McQuistan signed with the Browns, but was cut only 23 days later without witnessing a speck of action. So don’t feel too bad if you don’t remember him because I certainly do not. I guess you could say the lineman didn’t blossom until he flew west to join the Seattle Seahawks.

Furthermore during three years in Seattle, the veteran played in all 48 games while starting 40 of them. The 30 year old can play multiple positions including, left guard, left tackle, and right guard. During the 2012 campaign, McQuistan started all 16 games, nine at right guard and seven at left guard, contributing to Marshawn Lynch’s All-Pro, Pro Bowl year setting career highs carrying the ball 315 times while racking up 1,590 yards averaging five yards per carry.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns, now having a featured back in Ben Tate, hope to replicate these numbers. McQuistan could come in and immediately challenge for a starting position, especially because of his versatility. He most likely will compete for a job at guard. This is expected due to former right guard, Shawn Lauvao, signing with the Washington Redskins.

Correspondingly, the veteran offensive lineman can fill that vacancy with 52 career starts at various positions. McQuistan does slack in pass protection, but is a good zone blocker which will benefit Kyle Shanahan’s running scheme. Paul McQuistan should have no problem fitting into a Cleveland Browns uniform.

-Max Gold

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