May 18, 2021

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Browns Sign Veteran Defensive Tackle Damion Square


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What was one of the quieter rooms in the Cleveland Browns complex suddenly drew a crowd.

Andrew Berry signed another defensive tackle, today adding 9-year-old veteran free agent Damion Square.

Square has spent the past 7 years with the Chargers and has played every game for the past four seasons.

He saw action in 10 games, plus the NFL Wild Card game, as an undrafted rookie with the 2013 Eagles.

Philly included it in their final cuts in 2014 when Chiefs removed it from waivers.

The then-San Diego Chargers called for waivers in November from Kansas City.

Square rebounded between the Chargers’ practice squad and the active roster for a few years.

Despite his current playing streak, he has only started 16 games, including 11 in a career year in 2018.

Over the years he has played inside and at the end of the defensive line and also brings special experience to the team.

In his predominantly part-time role, Square racked up 120 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 17 QB hits and 6.5 sacks.

Square’s only multi-sack play came in 2016 when he beat Cleveland’s Robert Griffin III twice.

Despite Square’s effort, it was the Browns’ only victory in the first two seasons under Hue Jackson.

Where is Square in the Browns Defense?

Cleveland entered the NFL Draft weekend with just 4 tackles on the roster.

Andrew Billings, back from the Covid exemption list, and Malik Jackson were the alleged starters.

Cleveland signed Sheldon Day to help Jordan Elliott support the starting duo.

Next, Andrew Berry selected Ohio State defensive tackle Tommy Togiai in the third round.

And followed that up by offering a guaranteed contract to much-vaunted UDFA Marvin Wilson.

Berry then brought Malik McDowell into the fold as he tries to restart his NFL career.

Today’s addition of Damion Square puts 8 players in the defensive tackle room.

And that doesn’t take into account the possibility of playing Jadeveon Clowney at times inside.

If Togiai and Wilson meet expectations, Cleveland could struggle to fit them into the practice squad.

With Billings returning from a year off and Jackson after a year off, the situation may change.

But for now, it looks like Square will be fighting for a backup or rotational role.

And this battle will involve more players than most fans anticipated.