Why Kevin Shaffer Was Let Go

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Published: March 13, 2009


... go of last year's starting right tackle, Kevin Shaffer.

Based on doing play-by-play analysis of Shaffer this past year, I can say that his productivity has certainly declined since the Browns acquired him four years ago. 

The biggest drop off came not in his pass protection, which was never great (but certainly a significant step up from LJ Shelton who he replaced when he signed), but rather, in his run blocking.

The team looked best this year against the Giants with Tucker, not Shaffer, playing right tackle (Shaffer missed the game due to injury).  This game, combined with Shaffer's 2009 compensation ($1 million bonus and  $2.65 million salary) probably explains the rationale for not keeping him. 

Here are a couple of other factors, that may have been involved:

Ryan Tucker's health: Obviously, if the Browns think he can return to 2007 form (I don't think this is probable) than letting Shaffer go and keepin...

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