When the Cleveland Browns announced earlier this week that Eric Steinbach will be placed on injured reserve, it was expected that the team would look to acquire some depth in order to help fill the massive void. Cleveland wasted no time in bringing in a little insurance as the team announced their acquisition of former Baltimore Ravens guard, Oniel Cousins.
Cousins was a four-year player for the Ravens and made a handful of spot starts while backing up some of their more experienced offensive linemen. Baltimore expected Cousins to finally step into a starting role during the 2011 season, but was simply not coming along fast enough in order to take a chance on him.
The Browns will bring in Cousins to be a backup to Jason Pinkston or any other lineman that struggles throughout the season. The Browns currently have John Greco on the active roster, but always have a need for talented linemen with the run-heavy offense they have implemented throughout recent seasons.
According to Toni Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cousins weighs in at a whopping 310 pounds and stands well over 6 feet tall. But, what is more impressive than his attributes is his background. Cousins is a native of Jamaica and played his college ball at Texas El Paso before being drafted by the Ravens in 2007.
Expect the Browns to make some more moves on the offensive side of the ball before their opening game on September 11. However, the offensive line may now be officially set as the team will look to bring their young players up to speed and protect the ball handlers consistently.