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Browns part with Andruzzi after two seasons

By Len Pasquarelli


Continuing the remaking of their offensive line, the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday released veteran guard Joe Andurzzi, making the 10-year veteran an unrestricted free agent.

The release of Andruzzi, who started 27 games for the Browns over the past two seasons, means the team will enter 2007 without its two starting guards from a year ago. Seven-year veteran Cosey Coleman is an unrestricted free agent and still available, but Cleveland has made no effort to re-sign him.

Andruzzi, 31, was acquired by the Browns in 2005 as an unrestricted free agent, not only for his football skills but also for his locker room leadership. He had played five seasons in New England and was familiar with Browns' coach Romeo Crennel from the time they spent together with the Patriots.

In New England, Andruzzi was a part of three Super Bowl champion teams.

The former Southern Connecticut State standout, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay in 1997, wants to continue his career, according to agent Joe Linta. In stints with the Packers (1997-99), Patriots (2000-2004) and Browns (2005-2006), Andruzzi has played in 122 games, including 102 as a starter.

Andruzzi has logged at least 11 starts in each of the past seven seasons. He had two years left on his contract, at base salaries of $1.5 million (2007) and $2.5 million (2008).

The Browns have overhauled the offensive line, including the selection of left tackle Joe Thomas of Wisconsin with the second overall choice in the weekend draft, and figure to start a dramatically different unit in 2007.

At guard, Cleveland signed standout Eric Steinbach as an unrestricted free agent and he will start on the left side. The Browns also added veteran Seth McKinney in free agency and like developing youngster Isaac Sowells. There is also a chance that the selection of Thomas in the draft will precipitate a move of starting left tackle Kevin Shaffer to guard.

Any chance he's got something left in the tank, or is he not a serious upgrade over Moore? Just curious.

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Sign him. He can't be worse than moore.

Andruzzi has been a solid gaurd for years. He has played on four superbowl teams (1 with the packers and 3 with the patriots). If nothing else he could provide a good veteran presense for the young line. I would also like to see him go to NY cause he is the cousin of a good friend of mine.:)

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Apparently injuries have caught up with him and is playing with two bad knees.I like Andruzzi seeing as he's a former Scottish Claymore and as classy as they come,but he's not the solid little player he once was.Stay away.

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