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DT Al Woods visits Browns, leaves without contract

The Browns aren’t done working to improve at defensive tackle despite an already busy offseason at the position.

Veteran free agent defensive tackle Al Woods visited the Browns on Tuesday, a league source told The Chronicle-Telegram. He left without a contract.

NFL Network reported Monday that Woods was also scheduled to visit the Jets.

Michael Woods II believed to have torn Achilles tendon


Woods, 36, entered the league in 2010 as a fourth-round pick of the Saints. The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder spent the last three seasons with the Seahawks and started 30 games over the last two years.

He’s also spent time with the Steelers, Colts, Buccaneers and Titans. He’s started 78 of 155 games, totaling 293 tackles, 28 for loss, nine sacks, 20 quarterback hits, seven passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

If he signs, he’d be the latest addition at tackle. Last month the Browns signed free agents Dalvin Tomlinson, Maurice Hurst and Trysten Hill.

The new group joins holdovers Jordan Elliott, Perrion Winfrey and Tommy Togiai — all of whom were ranked near the bottom of the league last season by Pro Football Focus. Elliott, who started all 17 games, was ranked 118th by PFF with a 40.4 grade. Winfrey was No. 117 at 41.6. Togiai graded 37.3 in limited snaps.

In comparison, Tomlinson was 14th in the league with a 77.0 grade, and Woods 32nd with a 69.9.

The Browns allowed at least 130 rushing yards in 10 of the last 14 games.

New coordinator Jim Schwartz, who replaced the fired Joe Woods, builds his defenses around the line and has been integral in its transformation.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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