Earlier today, the Cleveland Browns informed their projected starting left tackle Desmond Harrison that they were releasing him. Their reasoning was that he missed and showed up late to practices. Harrison, a 25-year old undrafted rookie out West Georgia after transferring from Texas, played in and started eight games in 2018.
It shouldn’t be long before Harrison finds a new home after posting a PFF grade of 57.1, ranking 96th amongst offensive tackles. He held his own in the pass game, receiving a 73.5 pass blocking grade, the 44th highest mark in the NFL, but struggled in the run game, earning a 47.7 run blocking grade, ranking 116th in the league.
One team that could be looking for their left tackle of the future, the Los Angeles Rams, should consider signing Harrison. The 2nd-year lineman was due to make $576,666 from the Browns this year, and the Rams have $6,763,895 left in cap space, making him more than affordable.
This signing would make a load of sense for the Rams because starting left tackle, Andrew Whitworth, is currently 37-years old and contemplated retirement after last season. Luckily for the Rams, their captain is returning to play his 14th year of football. Whitworth’s contract runs out after this year, so his future with the Rams remains in question. It’s also not a secret that Aaron Kromer, the Rams’ offensive line coach, is one of the best in the business. If Harrison is able to sit behind Whitworth for a year, he could potentially be the Rams’ left tackle of the future.
The Rams drafted two offensive linemen in this year’s draft, Bobby Evans (3rd round) and David Edwards (5th round), but neither of them have starting experience. Projected starters Joseph Noteboom (LG) and Brian Allen (C) don’t have starting experience either. Harrison does, and he could even start right away at left guard and prolong Noteboom’s wait to the starting offensive line for another year.