The Cleveland Browns are developing a new culture and if you can’t follow their rules, then you won’t have a spot on the roster.
Cleveland released second-year offensive lineman Desmond Harrison on Wednesday after repeated “missteps” according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
Harrison missed the opening of minicamp on Tuesday and head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters that he missed his flight. That seemed to be the final straw and the Browns decided they could afford to let the talented, yet troubled left tackle move on.
The 25-year-old was the first to try and be Joe Thomas’ replacement at the left tackle position and started the first eight games of last season. He had his flashes of talent but many could see that he was still raw in terms of his ability.
Harrison fell ill before the team’s matchup against Kansas City last November and was replaced by Greg Robinson. The team stuck with Robinson through the final eight games of the season and eventually signed him to a one-year, $8 million dollar deal with the hope he can hold down the position for the 2019 season.
Cleveland also added veteran linemen Eric Kush, Bryan Witzmann and Kendall Lamm in free agency as well as drafting Drew Forbes in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft providing them with a lot of depth on the offensive line behind Robinson, Joel Bitonio, JC Tretter, presumably Austin Corbett and Chris Hubbard.
There’s still time for Harrison to develop and he has the chance to be a solid offensive tackle in the league but it’s apparent that he needs to do some growing up off the field so that he can succeed on the field.