CLEVELAND (AP)– The Browns remained inside their division– and also state boundaries– to include some defensive aid.
Cleveland beefed up its front by agreeing to an one-year contract with freelance Andrew Payments, who spent the past three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. His company, SportsTrust Advisors, announced the carry on Twitter with a publishing that read: “Exact same state, brand-new group, Congratulations, @BillingsAndrew!”
A fourth-round pick in 2016 by Cincinnati, Payments will give the Browns some depth in advance and possibly a starter to play alongside Sheldon Richardson and also Larry Ogunjobi, who can both stop the run as well as reach the quarterback.
The 25-year-old Payments started 37 games after missing his newbie period with a knee injury. He began 30 games in the past two periods as well as made 67 deals with, 3 1/2 sacks and also 12 takes on for loss because period.
Additionally, the Browns included a nickel back by settling on an one-year handle cornerback Kevin Johnson, who played with Buffalo in 2015 after spending 4 in Houston.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Johnson can assist with covering port receivers. The Browns already have two solid young cornerbacks in Denzel Ward and also Greedy Williams– both previous first-round choices.
The 6-foot-1, 328-pound Billings and Johnson are amongst 4 protective complimentary representatives secured up in the past 24-hour by novice Browns general manager Andrew Berry. On Wednesday, he consented to take care of linebacker B.J. Goodson and security Karl Joseph.
While the NFL has loosened its plan on announcing handle light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Browns have not yet formally announced any of their free-agent signings. Normally, teams have to wait until possible players finish their physicals prior to agreements can be finalized, authorized and also made public.
Earlier today, the team got to agreement arrangements with freelance right take on Jack Conklin, limited end Austin Hooper, and quarterback Situation Keenum. The Browns additionally agreed to acquire fullback Andy Janovich in a profession from the Denver Broncos for a 2021 seventh-round draft pick.
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