The Washington Redskins add another new face to the team, this time on the offensive line. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins have signed Cleveland Browns guard Shawn Lauvao. It was no secret that the Redskins were looking to upgrade the interior of their offensive line, and the signing of Lauvao will help with that.
At 6-3, 315 pounds, Shawn Lauvoa is a bit bigger than the interior linemen the Redskins typically used under former head coach Mike Shanahan. And new head coach Jay Gruden seems to prefer bigger linemen, even though the Redskins will continue to use some of the zone blocking schemes that they’ve used previously.
It’s reported the Lauvao signed a 4-year deal worth $17 million. Shawn Lauvao is a good pass blocker, and getting better in that area is something the Redskins needed to do, with quarterback Robert Griffin III taking a lot of hits over the course of the 2013 season. Lauvao’s bigger size should also help in taking on bigger defensive linemen.
The Redskins may also look to upgrade their right tackle position, so they may not finished adding to the offensive line in free agency. And they are expected to draft a few linemen as well.