Cleveland Browns Confirm Visit With Free Agent DE Alex Carrington

According to ESPN’s Pat McManamon, as well as The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, the Cleveland Browns have confirmed a visit by free agent defensive end Alex Carrington, with whom the Pittsburgh Steelers have interest.

While the Steelers have limited cap space, and are currently swinging on the pendulum of Jerricho Cotchery’s decision to either re-sign with Pittsburgh or join the Carolina Panthers, they should have enough room to get something done with Carrington if both parties are motivated to work together.

The Browns, on the other hand, hired Carrington’s former defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, as their new head coach, and have significantly more cap space to work with.

Based on the reports, it sounds as though the free agents that they brought in for visits today came and left without contracts, though that is not made explicit.

Carrington is a candidate for the Steelers to become a starting defensive end after losing both Ziggy Hood and Al Woods in free agency, while seemingly in no hurry to bring back Brett Keisel in his mid-30s.

The former Buffalo Bill has also previously visited with the Oakland Raiders, and the St. Louis Rams may also have legitimate interest. The Bills may wish to retain him, but it appears his best shot at playing time would be in Pittsburgh.


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  • StarSpangledSteeler

    It kinda sucks that the Browns are forced to spend money now.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Yeah, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the cap floor cycles on a four-year basis, so they don’t have to reach the floor every year, just the total accumulation of every four-year period. At least until the model changes, of course.

    The Steelers do have the advantage of playing opportunity, though, and if I’m not wrong, I do get the impression that he came and left already without a contract.

  • kev4heels

    does anyone know if carrington was extended an offer by the Steelers? there is immediate playing time available with the steelers. i realize the guy wants to get as much as possible, but he could sign a 2/3 year deal and play well to earn a large contract in 2 years. it’s a prime opportunity IMO.

  • Iron Cadet

    Why would anyone play for the browns when u can play for the steelers??

  • Matt Manzo

    If he leaves brownland he’s ours, right? We shouldn’t even let him visit St Louis!

  • Babybull

    Man this guy jumping around like he mean joe green lets move on he didn’t even start for buffalo.

  • PA2AK

    haha, nice. to be honest though, we don’t have anything to move onto in a hurry.

  • AndyR34

    What does it say about the Steelers that they can basically offer a starting job, but Buffalo, Oakland & the Browns only offer a back-up role? Hm-m-m-m.

  • srdan


  • Matthew Marczi

    Well, to me it says they 1) weren’t willing to overpay to keep their own, 2) feel they can get a representative alternative in the marketplace or eventually call upon Keisel, and 3) know how much cap space they have to work with.


    Bret Keisel isn’t even visiting other teams. Something tells me he will be ready June 2.

  • Babybull

    It’s about the money these guys trying to get as much as they can.

  • Babybull

    Yea you right I think we bringing these guys in to make it seem like where doing something we don’t have any intentions on signing them it’s just to keep fans of their backs

  • Matthew Marczi

    Yeah, I don’t see him playing anywhere but Pittsburgh.

  • PA2AK

    I meant that if we don’t sign him we have one option and he doesn’t work for ‘minimum wage’

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Damn..!! All this courting for an injured player who was a tweener starter/backup..!!

  • Mark McHugh

    We don’t have a starter at LDE?! Ziggy Hood was our starter. Brett Keisel is to old cant be a full time starter anymore and doesn’t want to play for the minimum. So we move Heyward out of the RDE & move him over to the left side, how will that effect his play. The two guys behind him are unproven Arnfelt & Williams and are not ready to start. I think Alex Carrington is the most important signing. Just my opinion.

  • Mark McHugh

    I think if you look at the guys starting in front of him in Buffalo you’ll understand why, Not only that but he passed the Steelers physical so tell me who will be our starting LDE? He the 27th rank free agent and 4 diferent teams are interested in him for a reason.

  • steeltown

    This will be the biggest obstacle in my opinion, if he doesn’t sign with Cleveland, we may still have a chance


    Mark, I think you are right with one little thing added – our most important FREE AGENT signing…… The draft is going to be huge for us, even more than it normally is, so I think signing a draftee will prove to be even bigger than any FA signing we make.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Good point(s). I do agree with Mark however as Col. Dick LeBeau will not start a rookie on the LDE position regardless of how good he may be. I personally think that signing Carrington brings the potential of stability to the depleted DL. If he were to play up to his ability, Carrington coupled with Cam, on the other end would create some serious havoc. If we could grab Ryan Carretthers out of Arkansas State in the 4th or 5th round and give him a year to learn the Nose spot we’d really have a solid DL …. in my humble opinion.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Rams, Raiders, Browns and Steelers…we’re the only one wanting/hoping/needing him to be a savior/starter. This to me is why many have a man crush on the guy. I’m not saying the Steelers shouldn’t sign him (if the numbers are palatable) only that this team’s apparent need for a starter at DE is driving his perceived value up. People bang on teams for “reaching” in the draft it just so happens that it’s also done in free agency because teams let their own players walk. As for our starting LDE I believe that player has yet to be drafted.


    Brady’s, yes, yes, yes!!! !
    I have been on the draft a true NT bandwagon for awhile, and if we do so we could slide McClendon out to DE and then we REALLY WOULD have a serious, deep, talented DL. McCullers from Tennessee or Ellis from Bradshaw’s old school, La Tech are pretty capable NTs as well. McCullers is like 357# and obviously played serious competition in the SEC.
    You got the round right too – rd 4 or 5 should suffice to get any NT not named Louis Nix.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Absolutely – we have nix the Nix !

  • Jerry Brest

    Cause the Browns are on the rise! Especially after they signed Ben Tate in free agency and also get Sammy Watkins in the draft. Hoyer is a capable quarterback who was behind Brady in New England. The defense is young, talented and hungry. Time for the Steelers to quit riding the Cowher dynasty. Your team is OLD!

    Time to buy Big Ben a walker and take a seat at the back of the division for a change. Go Brownies!

  • Iron Cadet

    hahaha well i can promise as a true fan i would never go to a browns fan site, but welcome to steeler nation! here you will find franchise qbs, more Lombardis than any other team, and the assurance of at least 2 wins a season because we play the browns. Hoyer had a couple decent games but i see your logic that all backups to brady are successful, just take Matt Cassel as an example. The Cowher dynasty? We have already been to and won more superbowls with tomlin than we did with Cowher, but i totally see your point. Old? we had plenty of aging veterans last year that still managed to flush the brownies down the bowl, but now we are actually one of the younger teams in the league. On behalf on all steelers fans though i do appreciate you keeping that seat at the back of the division warm for us, but i think you will be hanging onto it for the foreseeable future.