Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Brown’s Ink deal with cornerback who wins the Super Bowl

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The Cleveland Browns signed cornerback Herb Miller on a reserve/futures deal and kept him on the team after a successful stint.

The Browns added Miller to their practice team in September of last season, and he eventually played a major role on special teams. He played double-digit snaps on special teams in all nine games he appeared in for the Browns.

Before landing with the Browns, Miller won a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers and saw action in four games. Last season he had one interception and five tackles. Miller played his college ball at Florida Atlantic but was not drafted in 2019. He has also served time on the Chiefs practice team.

In his career, Miller has 10 tackles and one interception. His contributions to special teams could make him an interesting prospect for next season’s 53-man roster.

The Browns are hired at cornerback, with a fleet of young, talented cornerbacks in Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams, Greg Newsome II and AJ Green.

The Browns face a decision over Ward, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal and has appeared at the Pro Bowl level, serving as a true shutdown cornerback.

“Denzel has put together a good year. He’s made a number of really big games for us at critical moments of the season,” General Manager Andrew Berry said at the end of the year. “Obviously we know he’s a local boy who was drafted and developed here. He put together a really strong season for us, we’re happy with that.”

The team also found a gem in Newsome, who had a strong rookie season, playing against Ward. The rookie said he learned a lot from Ward and helped him get into the NFL.

“He practices how he plays. He holds himself to a high standard. He comes into the games thinking, ‘My goal is not to do that [give] a snag in general.’ You have this mentality, it shows you why he’s a Pro Bowler this year and why he’s likely going to be an All-Pro as well. I learned a lot from him,” Newsome said. “How to be a pro in general. How to attack the cornerback position in every game. Like I said, he’s one of the best in the league right now. For me he has no flaws in his game.”

Miller isn’t the only player the Browns wanted to keep. The team signed 11 more players after the final game of the season including: Kicker Chris Blewitt, Linebacker Willie Harvey Jr., Offensive Tackle Elijah Nkansah, Tight End Miller Forristall, Guard Hjalte Froholdt, Tight End Nick Guggemos, Cornerback Nate Meadors, Guard David Moore, fullback Johnny Stanton IV, offensive tackle Alex Taylor and defensive end Curtis Weaver.

There are some moving plays for the Browns this offseason as they attempt to retool the roster for another run in the playoffs. The team must decide what to do with veteran receiver Jarvis Landry, who is due $16 million next season but could be fired for minimal cap consequence. Extensions for Baker Mayfield and Ward could also be discussed, as could the return of defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

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