Browns add depth, sign Joe Haeg and Jesse James


BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns added depth with two new players at key positions before the season began. They signed offensive tackle Joe Haeg and tight end Jesse James, who previously played for rival Pittsburgh.

The Browns adjusted their lineup Monday as they began their preparation for Sunday’s season opener at Carolina. Both Haeg and James were on the field in the part of the training open to the press.

To make room on the payroll, the team let go of guard Drew Forbes and linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk.

Haeg was released last week by the Steelers and will provide security for Cleveland in case All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin isn’t ready to start the season after he had knee surgery to repair his injury. patellar tendon.

Conklin has had more participation in the exercises, but did not play in the preseason.

Veteran tackle Chris Hubbard hasn’t practiced for the past two weeks and James Hudson III, a fourth-round pick in 2021, may not be ready to play for long.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Haeg has started 39 NFL games. He has played with Indianapolis (2016-19), Tampa Bay (2020) and Pittsburgh (2021).

James had no team this summer. The 6-foot, 250-pound player has 157 catches and 1,522 yards for 12 touchdowns in 102 games. He played for Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago.

James gives coach Kevin Stefanski another option with tight end experience alongside David Njoku and Harrison Bryant.

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Browns add depth, sign Joe Haeg and Jesse James