Mangini wants Steinbach to bulk up

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- Listed at 6 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 295 pounds, Eric Steinbach has always been a tall, wiry offensive guard during his playing career.

But Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini wants Steinbach to pack on some extra pounds this offseason if the former Pro Bowler expects to be effective in Cleveland's new offense.

"I think the more Eric hangs out with me, the better chance he has to bulk up," Mangini said with a smile Thursday. "I've got it down. [Defensive coordinator] Rob [Ryan] got it down. [Offensive coordinator] Brian Daboll got it down. We got a lot of guys on the coaching staff who can help him in that area.

"What you want him to do is be at the optimum weight to perform the best for the long haul. Sometimes that means you have to lose weight, sometimes that means you have to gain weight."

Steinbach's strengths have always been his athleticism as a pulling guard and the ability to play both tackle positions if needed. Steinbach said he's already gained 12 pounds, which should put him around 307 pounds.

"That was one of things that was addressed in the offseason," Steinbach said.

Cleveland wants to be primarily a physical running team this year, which means less finesse and more blocking at the point of attack for Steinbach. He signed a seven-year, $49.5 million contract with the Browns in 2007.