Foster Signs with Cleveland

Sunday, June 7, 2009

After starting only 12 games in two seasons with the Lions, RT George Foster, who was cut by the Lions on Monday (June 1) didn't take too long to find a new home. Foster signed with the Cleveland Browns on Friday (June 5). Cleveland, in turn, needing to free up a roster spot for Foster, did so by waiving S Jason Venson. Foster, who was drafted in 2003 by Denver in the first round, started 45 of 48 games in the "Mile High City". Foster came to Detroit along with RB Tatum Bell two seasons ago as part of the 'Dre Bly trade. During his two year tenure in Detroit, Foster only made 12 starts (primarily due to false start penalties), and never really played the type of ball Detroit had hoped he would. The Lions cut Foster after signing former Redskin OT Jon Jansen. Foster is the second offensive tackle signed by Cleveland this off-season, he'll be joining recently acquired Chicago Bears starting RT, John St. Clair. Detroit and Cleveland have had similar issues with their offensive line play (minus the play of Pro-Bowl LT Joe Thomas); both teams have been very thin in terms of depth at almost all O-Line positions. Cleveland plans to use both players to add some depth at the Offensive Line position. Cleveland plans to use St. Clair as a back-up to starting veteran RT Ryan Tucker, while Foster is currently chalked up to move to the other side of the line where he'll be used to giving LT starter Joe Thomas some relief. Specific contract details are not currently available, but it is believed that Cleveland signed Foster to a one-year deal.