Alvin Bailey can sometimes be found walking around the Browns training facility with a Star Wars-themed backpack. The right tackle with a thick and burly beard says it was a gift given to him at some point during three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
"They sent it to the O-Line when we first got in and I needed a backpack so I stuck with it," Bailey said, laughing.
That, of course, isn't the only thing Bailey — who joined Cleveland's roster as a free agent this past spring — brings to Berea from the Pacific Northwest.
The 6-foot-2 320-pounder from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, helped the Seahawks win a Super Bowl in 2013. And now -- similar to Paul Kruger and Tramon Williams, who won captured rings before coming to the Browns -- Bailey brings that experience (and what it takes to reach such a pinnacle) to the Browns.
"That certainly is an experience that you learn from and it's something that you keep for your career and your life, but I think right now we have other things that we have to work on you know you've got to build a solid foundation before you start thinking about the future like that," he said.
"That's definitely our goal, but what does it take to get there? I mean, that's an experience that's definitely helped me out and that's definitely something we want to get back to for everybody."
That includes Bailey, who has seemed to embrace this fresh start with the Browns and first-year head coach Hue Jackson.
"I love the situation, man. You've got a group of guys who are working hard every day to turn things around, you've got a coach who's coming who has no other option to him," Bailey told ClevelandBrowns.com. "It's exciting time to be a Brown and I'm excited to be here."
Indeed, that's a sentiment that's been made by players and coaches over the last few months. And as the Browns prepare for training camp July 29, Bailey is expected to compete for a starting job on the offensive line. After posting eight starts and appearing in 42 games in Seattle, Bailey has seen first-team reps at right tackle and impressed the coaching staff with his versatility, having played multiple positions on the offensive line in Seattle and during his college days at Arkansas.
"He's another guy who's played at a high level, was at Seattle and did a tremendous job for them. Played left tackle, played right tackle, can play guard. He has versatility. We're giving him an opportunity because he was a guy that was out there and it was a position of need for us," Jackson said in May.
"He has a lot of the characteristics that we want in a tackle. He's done a good job thus far. This is a new environment for him playing in an entirely different system. This is not just zone right, zone left where he came from and that's what they did and they did a great job of it. He has that, but he also learned that there are a lot of other different ways of running the ball. He's a guy that is a tough guy and wants to do well. We're going to give him an opportunity to see if he can do it."
The Browns took to the field to finish the three-day veterans' minicamp.
Offensive line coach Hal Hunter offered a similar take on Bailey, saying he was surprised the Seahawks didn't retain him.
"He played really good. When they had me evaluate him, I was like, 'Why am I wasting my time because they're not letting him go?' Then, I was really excited when he came in here for the visit," Hunter said last month.
Bailey, though, isn't getting ahead of himself when it comes to what his role might be this fall.
"I've been in the league for a few years but I'm still a pretty young guy so I'm just going out there and trying to get better and we help each other out every single day," he said.
After all, third-round pick Shon Coleman (who's recovering from a knee injury sustained at Auburn last season) fifth-round pick Spencer Drango (an All-American at Baylor) have also impressed the coaching staff and are competing at right tackle.
And Bailey is still learning the finer points of playing on this side of the line — which he described as his "least-played position" — and a new playbook filled with new language and new schemes.
"We've worked a lot of his technique, and our system is a lot more complicated than what they did in Seattle," Hunter said. "We're asking him to do a lot more, but he's picked it up really well. I've been pleased. He's got a ways to go to be able to do what we want, but he's making progress."
Bailey has been equally encouraged, regardless of what position he ultimately sticks at. "I'm a football player, he said, "and I just want to get out there and play."