Browns strike 1-year deal with veteran OT Rashad Butler

5/9/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Cleveland Browns signed veteran unrestricted free agent Rashad Butler to a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday.
Rashad Butler last played with the Houston Texans in 2011, and spent the entire 2012 season on the injured reserve after suffering a triceps injury. The 6-4, 310-pound Rashad Butler has appeared in 42 career games with four starts (at left tackle), all with the Houston Texans.
Rashad Butler had a chance to start at right tackle following Eric Winston’s departure last season from Cleveland, but he wound up being beaten out for the job by Derek Newton during training camp, before suffering the triceps injury.
The former University of Miami product Rashad Butler collegiately also started 23 of 38 games at both right and left tackle.
Originally signed as a third-round pick by Carolina Panthers in 2006, Rashad Butler remained inactive through his rookie year. He was waived by the following season, without having played a down for the Carolina Panthers. However, Rashad Butler was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans and spent the past six seasons with the team.
The 30-year-old Rashad Butler adds depth to the Cleveland Browns offensive line that features Joe Thomas set at center, and Alex Mack as well as Mitchell Schwartz as the projected starting tackles for 2013. Rashad Butler is expected to compete for the backup tackle role with former fifth-round pick Ryan Miller still on the roster, and after the Cleveland Browns drafted Garrett Gilkey in the seventh-round of the 2013 NFL draft. Oniel Cousins, Chris Faulk, Shawn Lauvao, Jarrod Shaw, John Greco and Dominic Alford are also in the mix.
The only question mark that remains on the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line is at guard. Jason Pinkston is coming of the injured reserve after a blood clot ended his 2012 season. Even if Jason Pinkston is able to return in time for the 2012 season, the Cleveland Browns could have competition at the right guard spot this offseason.
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