In Eric Mangini's view, it appears, you can never have enough veteran depth.
Proof of that comes today, as the Cleveland Browns signed OL George Foster, jettisoning undrafted free agent S Jason Venson to make room on the roster. Foster brings his 6’ 5”, 338 pound frame to Cleveland just days after having been released by the Detroit Lions. The right tackle started the first two games of the Lions surreal 2008 season before injuries and a first-round draft pick pushed him aside.
The fact that the Lions failed to win a game last year, and had recently signed Foster for the minimum salary at his level of experience, yet cut him anyway, should tamp down the expectations of those who remember Foster's potential when he was at Georgia. Foster’s release coincided with the Lions signing veteran tackle Jon Jansen, a year following their selection of RT Gosder Cherilus in the first round.
Foster reportedly struggled with Mike Martz’s complex offense in 2007 after arriving in Detroit along with RB Tatum Bell in exchange for Dre Bly. The lineman said that he never became comfortable in Detroit.
Regardless, Foster does bring along with him size and experience, if not all the success that the Denver Broncos envisioned when they selected him in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft hot off of Georgia's 2002 SEC Championship behind a line that included Foster and Jon Stinchcomb.
The acquisition gives the Browns some additional depth on the refurbished right side of the Browns offensive line, where Mangini has already imported veterans John St. Clair and Floyd Womack. Long-time Browns lineman Ryan Tucker is also in the mix.