The Cleveland Browns’ former first round draft pick Jeff Faine will be coming back to Cleveland… when the Bengals come here. Faine was traded to the New Orleans Saints when the Browns signed LeCharles Bentley. While Bentley never played a down for the Browns, it is hard to argue with signing a player of that caliber. Still, it always seemed strange that the Browns would try and fix something that wasn’t necessarily broken. Faine was almost always solid from all of my recollections. Of course he went on to be a Pro Bowl alternate for the Saints.
Now, he will be playing with the Bengals who needed some depth due to injuries to starting center Kyle Cook.
All in all there was some good to come out of all the uncertainty at center. As Browns fans we got to know Hank Fraley who filled in for Bentley pretty admirably until Alex Mack was drafted. Additionally, even though it would have been better for the Browns to have Bentley on the field, he now runs one of the premier offensive linemen schools and spent the off-season schooling Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao. Those benefits remain to be seen, but you have to think they’re better with the training than without.
Just ask Alex Boone.
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