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Kevin Zeitler cashes in, headed to Cleveland in line overhaul


Whoever ends up playing for the Browns should at least be well protected.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, big-ticket Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler is headed to the Browns.

The contract is for five years and $60 million, and includes $31.5 million in guarantees.

They’ve already dropped a huge extension on guard Joel Bitonio and signed┬áPackers center J.C. Tretter today. Coupled with left tackle Joe Thomas, it stands to be a comfortable pocket for whomever ends up in it.

While spending piles of money on guards can be dubious, the Browns have it, and appear serious about providing a stable foundation.

It also significantly weakens a division rival, as the Bengals have also lost left tackle Andrew Whitworth today.

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54 Responses to “Kevin Zeitler cashes in, headed to Cleveland in line overhaul”
  1. seatownballers says: Mar 9, 2017 2:57 PM

    Bengals line got much worse today

  2. truths4all says: Mar 9, 2017 2:59 PM

    Finally, they are building the right way, from the ground up.

  3. jerruhjones says: Mar 9, 2017 2:59 PM

    Build the O-line, then find a QB.

  4. miriam45 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:00 PM


  5. thegr8rayfinkle says: Mar 9, 2017 3:00 PM

    Their advanced statistics department must figure good guard play must equal to doubling their win totals and that means another win to go to 2-14.

  6. arwiv says: Mar 9, 2017 3:00 PM

    Like I said to the people last year who killed the Giants for spending like drunken sailors: If you have it spend it. The Giants went from bums to 11-5 with a top 5 defense.

  7. blah773 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:01 PM

    bengals. ha.

  8. tedmurph says: Mar 9, 2017 3:01 PM

    Paving the way for a big investment in Jimmy G.

  9. easyeintennessee says: Mar 9, 2017 3:01 PM

    Money spends better than wins, right Kevin? On the bright side, Marvin Lewis wont make it through next year after we go 3-13

  10. wademaxwell1990 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:02 PM

    Never thought the Vikings should be doing what the Browns are doing. Wow

  11. xofdallas says: Mar 9, 2017 3:03 PM

    A lot of people may disagree, but the moves the Browns have made to this point actually make sense to me. Do you think the Cowboys offense would have been near as good as it was last year without a stellar O-line?

    These moves won’t get them there – they’re only a few pieces to a much larger puzzle – but they’re moves in the right direction.

  12. mudmandenny says: Mar 9, 2017 3:03 PM


  13. saints737 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:03 PM

    It all starts in the trenches. Solid move solidifying the O-Line.

    Now draft Myles Garrett to shore up the other side.

  14. berniesmullet says: Mar 9, 2017 3:03 PM


    A little much, but we got to shore up the front lines first.

  15. golions1 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:04 PM

    12 per for a guard is a lot of money. Zeitler is good, but wow, that is a big number

  16. bennetmr says: Mar 9, 2017 3:04 PM

    As a Bengals fan – all I can say is ugh – It’s going to be a long year. Within 2 years of having one of the better O-lines in football – we have now lost 3/5 of our starting line, including the 2 best parts in Zeitler and Whitworth.

  17. stoneydog1000 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:04 PM

    Take Russell Bodine, too. Please.

  18. easydog100 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:05 PM

    Great move to upgrade the OL. A definite need…. no one playing QB had a chance last year once Bitonio went down. Can concentrate on defense in the draft.

  19. jag1959 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:05 PM

    I’ve taken a lot of ribbing for saying the Browns are in a unique position to get well in a hurry with an unheard of amount of cap space and draft capital. The big question is whether that front office can be trusted to do it, so far they are making good decisions.

  20. maestro1899 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:08 PM

    Great signing. I think Kein Zeitler was one of the most underrated FAs this year. That will be a great line for whomever is at QB. Nice job, Kein!

  21. thefan08 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:08 PM

    I guess the Analytics told them that spending huge amount of money in free agency gets them the championship they want. When will this team learn? Spending huge amount of money on free agents will never get you what you want. You are over-paying for players. 2nd, this line will still need to gel, something that takes a few years. so if Brown fans expect to go into this season with a great O-Line play, well think again.

  22. exinsidetrader says: Mar 9, 2017 3:10 PM

    Now trade for Jimmy G and you won’t stink.

  23. josh1973sun says: Mar 9, 2017 3:11 PM

    Tackle money for a Guard…

    Nothing could possibly go wrong here!

  24. sorrybengalsfann says: Mar 9, 2017 3:11 PM

    Good grief! Hello McFly! Is anyone at Bengals headquarters today? Whit AND Zeitler? Andy, meet ground. Ground, meet Andy.

  25. nomar8477 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:11 PM

    Its still the Browns. Theres probably a warrant for murder out on the guy or something. Something bad will happen. Dont know what..but its the Browns.

  26. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Mar 9, 2017 3:11 PM

    If Josh Gordon can get reinstated, coupled with Corey Coleman and this fantastic o-line, whoever their next QB is will be in better position to succeed than any Browns QB in decades.

  27. dawoger says: Mar 9, 2017 3:12 PM

    Even if minisoda was after him for OL help he still would have signed with Cleveland for less money to avoid throwing his football life away playing in the glass vagina.

  28. schmitty2 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:13 PM

    With all these signings and cap space not to mention draft capital the Cleveland Browns have no more excuses if they aren’t a playoff contender in the next 1-2 years.

  29. DawgPound83 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:15 PM

    Brownies gotta have the most expensive offensive line in NFL history now. Buildin a bully upfront!

    Thomas – Bitonio – Tretter – Zeitler – Coleman/Drango/Erving

  30. jjackwagon says: Mar 9, 2017 3:16 PM

    If you don’t win in the trenches, you don’t win. Good move Browns.

  31. patriots123456 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:16 PM

    Great news for Brown fans, they are overdue for some good moves.

  32. realfootballfan says: Mar 9, 2017 3:17 PM

    Sorry, but the nerds are winning. If anything that is a safe bet when you spend on it in FA, guards are. Just look at what Kelechi Osemele did for the Raider line last year. Britt and Pryor are essentially the same player, and they didn’t break the bank for anything but what was important. Now, they just need to work on their defense, and you do that in the draft. I still say take Reuben Foster #1, but that’s just me.

  33. shoesfinest says: Mar 9, 2017 3:21 PM

    Fear not Bengals fans we still have Russell Bodine…..­čśé

  34. shoesfinest says: Mar 9, 2017 3:23 PM

    Bengals players are jumping off faster than people on the titanic….that says everything we need to know about the Brown family and Marvin Lewis. No respect for either from the players.

  35. shoesfinest says: Mar 9, 2017 3:24 PM

    Honestly Zietler was a nice player but not an all pro or close to being a premier player. He can be replaced fairly easy.

  36. bennetmrisachode says: Mar 9, 2017 3:26 PM

    @bennetmr – What?!? This year is going to be AWESOME!

  37. kfoyo808 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:29 PM

    Go find a RB who can make it happen. Keep Pryor ? or find better wideouts (Britt? ehhhh…) and a QB who’s a keeper. All of which will have some time now that you’ve got a good line. That’s a good start.

  38. coloradofort says: Mar 9, 2017 3:29 PM

    Good move by the Browns……their interior line is much improved…

  39. bearssuck says: Mar 9, 2017 3:30 PM

    Tretter is a china doll. All the dude does is get hurt.

  40. jclark6528 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:32 PM

    Wow…..good day for the Browns…….after the Tony Jefferson announcement, it’s been all positive……

  41. 6ball says: Mar 9, 2017 3:36 PM

    I’m in the minority here, but I thought the Browns played hard for Hue Jackson last year. Admittedly they were short on talent and fielded a dozen rookies as starters. However, there were flashes of good football. If they can stabilize the QB position and add some skilled draftees, there’s no reason why they can’t be competitive in the AFC North.

  42. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 9, 2017 3:36 PM

    RgMe will be protected while developing Trubinsky.

  43. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 9, 2017 3:39 PM

    linemen tired of burfict and pacman costing them game after game?


  44. nhpats says: Mar 9, 2017 3:40 PM

    The red-headed QB just pooped himself….

  45. cincy85 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:45 PM

    Thanks Mickey! You make it so easy to be a bengals fan!

  46. bengalsfan2079 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:53 PM

    Welp that leaves the Bengals with Ogbueghi Boling Bodine TJ Johnson? and Fisher? as their o line. All I can say is good luck to Andy Dalton. But if they have to tank one year get a high draft pick and get a new coach it might be worth it. What’s one more year wasted of Daltons prime anyways? Better resign Dre now at least to salvage losing two major offensive lineman. Also cutting Pac Man wouldn’t hurt either.

  47. ibottpsgoldpants says: Mar 9, 2017 3:57 PM

    Man it sucks to root for Mike Brown’s team!

  48. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 9, 2017 4:16 PM

    So now the big question is who will be the QB?

  49. jm91rs says: Mar 9, 2017 4:19 PM

    Well as a fan of The Bengals, I can say the Browns got better and the Bengals got worse today. 3 good O-line moves, and upgrade at QB that actually netted them a 2nd rounder next year as well (Osweiler may suck, but he’s better than what they had). In addition to that they’re going to add a defensive freak as the first overall pick in about 50 days. Good off season for the Browns. It won’t result in the playoffs, but still a good off season.

  50. theroc5156 says: Mar 9, 2017 4:21 PM

    Now the Browns may win 4 games!

  51. saberwolf335 says: Mar 9, 2017 4:40 PM

    I really wanted him in Minnesota, but not at 12 million a year. That number seems absolutely ridiculous for a guard

  52. bd233 says: Mar 9, 2017 6:01 PM

    Mike Brown saves some money. Screws the fans. Same old, same old.

  53. benton2016 says: Mar 9, 2017 9:14 PM

    It’s about time my Brown’s made some serious moves in free agency, I’m tired of watching everyone else grabbing decent players. I just hope they all stay healthy

  54. stew48 says: Mar 9, 2017 9:31 PM

    As a Steeler fan, I am excited about the Browns making good moves. Sure hope it works. And, I am not kidding.

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