The Cleveland Browns have wasted no time replacing Kevin Zeitler inside.
Soon after trading the former Pro Bowler to New York in exchange for Olivier Vernon and informally declaring 2018 33rd overall pick Austin Corbett the starting right guard, the Browns brought in one of the best backup lineman in the NFL in Bryan Witzmann.
Browns add some offensive line depth in Bryan Witzmann https://t.co/tbg0pAUEeL— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 22, 2019
An undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State, Witzmann bounced around practice squads for two seasons before finally landing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016. In 2017, Witzmann started 13 games at left guard, but was cut before the 2018 season after losing the job.
After a brief stint in Minnesota, he ended up in Chicago, where he would go on to start seven games at right guard for the playoff-bound Bears. With only 10 hurries in 306 pass snaps, Witzmann performed admirably in limited time.
Bryan Witzmann split time with Eric Kush at RG for Chicago in 2018.— John Kosko (@JohnKosko3) March 22, 2019
Kush: 3 pressures allowed (218 pass snaps)
Witz: 3 sacks, 3 hits, 10 hurries (306 pass snaps)
Witzmann isn't a sexy signing, but could quietly help a solid Browns offensive line remain one of the best in the league.