Browns Typical Manager Andrew Berry talked over his 2021 absolutely free-company haul for the 1st time in a information release the team dispersed Thursday.
Beneath are Berry’s reviews on quite a few of the moves he has made therefore significantly:
Basic safety John Johnson III (three a long time, $33.75 million)
“We imagined he was 1 of the much more versatile safeties in the NFL. He can participate in cost-free safety, potent security and he can participate in in the box in the nickel or dime. His breadth of abilities that he provides to the table, that he can engage in man coverage, he can participate in middle industry, he can help the run and genuinely do anything at a very large stage. It really is fantastic for what we want to be as a defense.
“On top rated of that, you have his intelligence and his natural management. Which is anything we’ll normally seem to insert to the mix, and we really feel like we are fortuitous that he was obtainable. … [A player like him] doesn’t typically make it to the no cost-agent sector.”
Defensive conclusion Takk McKinley (one calendar year, $4.5 million)
“We see Takk as a younger edge participant with a extremely significant motor. He is received pace, he has electricity and he has quickness. He genuinely plays with his hair on fire. He experienced a really powerful commence to his job, and I know the past couple several years he’s dealt with a few injuries, but we think his taking part in fashion and skillset marries actually nicely with what we search for out of our defensive ends in this system, and he is a dude we believe seriously has a ton of upside and suits properly with what we want to do on the defensive line.”
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Cornerback Troy Hill (two a long time, $9 million)
“Troy is a adaptable corner that has performed inside and outside. He is a good football participant who can play man protection, zone protection, convert the ball about and is a seem tackler. We all seen him as a truly massive part of the defensive accomplishment in Los Angeles this previous yr, and for us, the potential to have a corner that can play at a large stage on both equally the outdoors and inside of offers us a good deal of adaptability with who we currently have on the roster and who we may add going forward.”
Linebacker Anthony Walker (one particular 12 months, $3.5 million)
“The name of Anthony’s activity is genuinely velocity and instincts. He is a single of the quickest linebackers in the league. He’s a really quick processor and is incredibly intelligent. We consider he’s a person whose array and tenacity matches actually well with how we check out the contemporary day linebacker. We also imagine that he is a good include guy, specially with his capability to match operating backs out of the backfield.
“Much like John Johnson, on prime of that, he has a level of veteran encounter. He identified as the protection in Indianapolis and he is performed MIKE and WILL. He’s an excellent human getting both equally on and off the subject and will have a really sturdy existence in our locker space.”
Defensive tackle Malik Jackson (just one yr)
“Malik is a self-produced defensive deal with who had been with Joe Woods in Denver in advance of as properly. What we like most about Malik is his means to impression the quarterback as an interior rusher. He played three-technique and has performed what we call ‘the large end.’ But what we really like about him is his duration, quickness and tenacity as an interior rusher to give us more of a presence in passing predicaments in excess of guards and facilities.”
Offensive deal with Greg Senat (just one yr)
“He’s a extremely bodily gifted tackle who is nonetheless new to the activity. We imagined he created a large amount of development on our observe squad final calendar year and we experimented with our ideal to keep him when Dallas signed him to their active roster. We come to feel fortuitous that we’re ready to get him back with Invoice Callahan and Scott Peters and incorporate him to the blend to compete for our fourth tackle position. We assume he’s a extremely bodily gifted guy. He’s extremely studious and is a tough worker, and he suits the profile for men that ordinarily do well for us.”
Extensive receiver Rashard Higgins, linebacker Malcolm Smith, returner and receiver JoJo Natson and kicker Cody Parkey (all re-signed for 1 year)
“We’re all very thrilled to get fellas like Rashard, Malcolm, JoJo and Cody and men like that back again simply because it does not usually perform out that way. People guys performed a key role for us last calendar year, and we glance ahead to the part they’ll enjoy for us in 2021.”
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