November 26, 2014

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NFL: LB Haggans could be good fit for Browns

The Browns addressed a lot of needs over the last month, but linebacker wasn’t one of them.
That could change soon.
Free agent Clark Haggans, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Steelers, was due to arrive in Cleveland on Tuesday night for a visit today with the Browns. His agent, Jeff Sperbeck, said Haggans would be a good fit for the Browns and reaching a deal is a real possibility.
Through the first few weeks of free agency, the Browns had viewed Haggans as a possibility, but he remained in the background.
Not any longer.
Chaun Thompson spurned the Browns’ offer to stay and signed with the Texans last week for the chance to win a starting job. Former Broncos linebacker Al Wilson visited Cleveland and reportedly passed a physical but left without a deal.
Haggans, 31, could be the most expensive of the three, but he could also be the best fit.
The trades for Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams were made to improve the line, but the linebacking corps also struggled stopping the run and rushing the passer in 2007.
Haggans. a 6-foot-4,
243-pound outside linebacker, started 16 games in 2007 with 58 tackles and four sacks. He had six, nine and six sacks the previous three seasons and was a part of Pittsburgh’s 3-4 scheme — the same as the Browns use — and run defense that ranked third in the NFL in 2007.
He has missed just three games in his career and has 58 starts with 322 tackles, 32½ sacks and 10 forced fumbles.
Haggans could start opposite Kamerion Wimbley and allow Antwan Peek to be strictly a pass-rush specialist and the aging Willie McGinest to come off the bench. Haggans may also have the versatility to move inside, which would provide competition for Andra Davis and Leon Williams.
Green attempts
a comeback
According to an article on yahoo.com, former Browns running back William Green was scheduled to work out for pro scouts Tuesday at Boston College, his alma mater, as he tries to return to the NFL. Green, the
22nd overall pick by the Browns in 2002, has been out of the league since he didn’t make the Browns roster in 2006.
Green, 28, helped lead the Browns to the playoffs as a rookie, but his performance dropped off and he served a four-game drug suspension in 2003.
Contact Scott Petrak at 329-7253 or spetrak@chroniclet.com.