When Bill Parcells took over the Miami Dolphins, there was certain to be a great deal of change. The Browns hope to benefit from the Dolphins' overhaul by signing one of Tuna's cast-offs, Rex Hadnot, to a two-year deal.
After learning that the Dolphins weren't interested in re-signing the offensive lineman at the price he wanted, Hadnot visited a number of clubs (including the Steelers) but was unable to secure a deal. After adjusting to the years and dollars that teams were willing to offer, Hadnot decided to accept the offer in Cleveland.
As a guard and center, Hadnot offers the Browns versatility and experience to supplement a strong starting group. He may have the opportunity to compete for the starting right guard job, currently held by Ryan Tucker. The player who shared the starting RG job in 2007, Seth McKinney, is coming off of injury and is a unrestricted free agent.
John Taylor has more details about Hadnot's contract and McKinney's status in the OBR's Ask the Insiders forum.
Here's is the team's press release:
The Cleveland Browns have signed OL Rex Hadnot to a two-year contract, the club announced today.
Hadnot, 6-2 and 325 lbs., is a versatile offensive lineman who has played in 63 games, including 55 starts, during his four-year career with the Miami Dolphins. During his career, Hadnot has started 34 games at right guard, 19 games at center and two games at left guard.
“The Browns are fortunate to add another quality lineman to our existing group,” said Phil Savage, Cleveland Browns Senior Vice President and General Manager. “With his versatility and experience (55 starts at both center and guard), we feel great about having Rex on our team. He brings size, strength and has a physical style of play.”
Hadnot, 26, started 16 games at right guard last season with Miami. Hadnot was originally drafted by the Dolphins in the sixth-round in the 2004 NFL Draft. Hadnot has started each of the last three seasons for the Dolphins at either the right guard or center positions.