Browns sign ex-Seahawks OL Womack
The Cleveland Browns, who are undergoing a roster makeover under new coach Eric Mangini, have added to the depth of their offensive line, signing unrestricted free agent Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack to a contract of unknown terms.
The deal was first reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and was verified by team and league sources.
Womack, 30, is a versatile blocker who can play all of the line positions except for center. He is best playing on the strong side, either at right guard or right tackle. Womack should challenge for playing time, either as a starter or a top reserve.
The addition of Womack comes just one day after the Browns released starting right tackle Kevin Shaffer in favor of paying out the roster bonus he was due this week. Twelve-year veteran Ryan Tucker is expected to replace Shaffer in the lineup. But Tucker has a considerable injury history, and Womack provides the team a nice insurance policy on the right side.
There is still a chance that Shaffer, a seven-year veteran, will return to the Browns at a reduced rate.
A former Mississippi State standout, Womack was a fourth-round choice by the Seahawks in the 2001 draft. He was briefly in the unrestricted free agent pool last spring but subsequently signed a one-year contract to return to the Seahawks.
For his career, Womack has played in 90 games, and started 47 of them, splitting time between guard and tackle. Last season, he appeared in 15 games and started 14 contests. Both were career highs for him.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com