The Cleveland Browns continued their makeover in the secondary with the addition of former Oakland Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie. On Wednesday, the third day of free agency and the first day of the new NFL year, the Browns agreed in principle with Carrie on a four-year deal worth $31 million with $15.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. This was the second cornerback signed in the day, after the team came to an agreement with former Chiefs corner Terrance Mitchell on Wednesday.
TJ Carrie is another young player at just 27-years old. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio University. Last season with the Oakland Raiders, Carrie started all 16 games, notching 84 tackles and nine passes defended. In his four seasons in the NFL, he has a total of 205 tackles, 30 passes defended, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.
#Browns sign CB TJ Carrie to a four-year, $31M deal. Signing bonus is $3.6M and $15.5M is guaranteed, per someone who has seen the agreement.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 14, 2018
The Browns have now added three players in the secondary with the additions of Carrier, Mitchell and Damarious Randall. Randall’s trade became official on Wednesday and in the release, Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson said that Randall will play safety. But, both Carrier and Mitchell will be in the cornerback room that seems to be too full at the present time. With so many corners on the roster as it stands, we will likely see some corners let go. Jamar Taylor may be the first on the chopping block.
The addition of Carrie makes the total of new Browns players to ten. That means the Browns have some trimming to do with the current roster to make room for the new players. Over the next couple days, look for the team to either trade or release some players to make room for the new guys. The Browns have done a lot of work so far in the free agency, but the front office looks poised to make even more moves in the coming days.
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