In a surprising move, the Cleveland Browns signed offensive tackle Brady Aiello.
Aiello is a quality player but signing him on the eve of roster cuts makes it an interesting development.
Brady Aiello played college football at the University of Oregon and was a UDFA from the 2020 NFL Draft.
Coach Stefanski’s former team, the Minnesota Vikings signed Aiello as a UDFA following the draft and waived him on August 15.
Aiello reportedly worked out for the Browns on September 3.
Brady Aiello is 6’7″ tall and weighs 311 pounds.
He played 47 games over his four-year career at Oregon but was never a starter.
A career highlight was a 1 yard TD catch in a win over Nevada on September 7, 2019.
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) September 8, 2019
His senior season was his best; he finished as a participant of the NFLPA Bowl (the postseason all-star game for draft-eligible college players).
— Brady Aiello (@BAiello66) January 18, 2020
Aiello also demonstrated great versatility by playing three different positions over a four game span prior to the Rose Bowl.
Those positions were right guard, right tackle, and left tackle.
Browns Depth Chart – Offensive Tackle
Aiello joins a crowded roster of offensive tackles including projected starters Jedrick Wills at left tackle, Jack Conklin at right tackle, and backups Kendall Lamm, Chris Hubbard and Alex Taylor.
Brady Aiello brings versatility and flexibility and more youth to the roster.
The eldest member of the tackle contingent is Chris Hubbard at 29 years of age.
As mentioned above, the timing of the signing is intriguing.
With the addition of Aiello, the Browns now have 77 players on the roster.
The team needs to cut down to a 53 man roster by 4 pm on Saturday, September 5.
24 players must be cut in 24 hours.
By signing Aiello 24 hours before to the deadline, it seems unlikely he will be one of the 24 to be cut.
Welcome to Cleveland, Brady Aiello!