The Cleveland Browns will release right tackle Tony Pashos, according to a report from the Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot. Pashos will likely be cut by Tuesday, just one week after he had surgery on an injured left foot. Cabot spoke with his agent, Rick Smith, who stated that the he was “really upset” about the move.
The background is that Pashos played most of the 2011-12 season on a bum left foot, after he ruptured a tendon. But because another tendon remained in tact, he was able to play for much of the season – medically aided of course:
“Because the team lacked depth on the offensive line, especially at right tackle, Tony wanted to help the team,” said Smith. “He knew what he was doing. But in order to be able to do that, he had to be given an enormous amount of pain pills and shots,” said Smith. “It was an enormous amount, to the point where at Christmas, he went into the hospital with three ulcers from the pain medication. You can see that he missed the final regular season game, because he was in the hospital with the ulcers.”
It’s an ugly story, and you can understand why he would be upset at the news. He did, however, go into the situation with eyes wide open and was simply ineffective last season. Now, it appears he will be cut loose.
Pashos signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2010, earning $4 million in salary and bonuses his first year and $2.2 million in 2011. The 31-year-old tackle will receive $1 million for injury protection per the collective bargaining agreement.
This move increases the likelihood that the Browns could address the tackle position via the upcoming draft. USC’s Matt Kalil is the consensus highest-ranked tackle per many draft analysts. If the Minnesota Vikings pass, Kalil could conceivably be taken with the fourth-overall pick.