CLEVELAND — Just because NFL players have been released for the summer, doesn’t mean NFL front offices take a vacation too.
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns made a move to bolster their roster ahead of training camp, signing former No. 2 overall pick, offensive tackle Greg Robinson. In a subsequent move, the Browns waived OL Rod Johnson.
Robinson was drafted out of Auburn by the Rams in the 2014 and spent three seasons there before being traded to the Detroit Lions ahead of the 2017 campaign. He’s started 48 of the 52 career games he’s played, including six last year for Detroit. He was waived by the Lions back in November, after an ankle injury kept him out of back-to-back games. Ultimately, he went unsigned and wound up finishing out the season on the injured reserve.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the 25-year-old throughout his career, either. During his third season with the Rams in 2016, Robinson struggled in the starting right tackle spot, racking up 12 penalties in 10 games. That following offseason, Los Angeles signed former Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth and announced they were moving Robinson to guard. He was traded later that summer, after Detroit lost starting left tackle Taylor Decker to a torn labrum.
Cleveland heads into training camp still looking to fill the starting starting left tackle position after losing future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas to retirement. Robinson will likely figure into that highly touted position battle.