Browns agree QB Dobbs and S Harrison on one-year contracts
The Browns added another quarterback as they tried to figure out what to do with Baker Mayfield.
Cleveland agreed to a one-year contract with replacement QB Josh Dobbs on Friday, a deal first tweeted by his agent Mike McCartney and confirmed by a person familiar with the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. .
Earlier, the Browns agreed to re-sign safety Ronnie Harrison to a one-year contract, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told AP.
The Browns were in the market for a third quarterback after Nick Mullens, who made a start for them last season, signed as a free agent with the Las Vegas Raiders. Dobbs, 27, spent two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers but only played six games.
A 2017 fourth-round pick from Tennessee, Dobbs was placed on the injured reserve heading into last season.
The Cleveland quarterback’s situation took a dramatic turn last month when the team pulled off the stunning Houston trade for Deshaun Watson, who remains entangled in a legal situation in Texas.
Mayfield asked to be traded and remains on the Browns’ roster as they search for a team willing to take him on his $18.8 million 2022 contract. Cleveland signed Jacoby Brissett to be Watson’s replacement.
While Mayfield is not expected to participate in the Browns’ voluntary offseason program beginning April 19, Watson plans to participate. The three-time Pro Bowler is still fighting civil lawsuits filed by 22 female massage therapists accusing him of sexual assault.
Two Texas grand juries have declined to indict Watson on any criminal charges, but the civil cases are in their early stages.
Watson has filed depositions for some of them, and earlier this week a judge ruled he must answer questions about his relationship with 18 women who came to his defense when the initial complaints were filed with of the Houston police.
Watson was adamant he didn’t force himself or harass any of the women.
He also faces NFL discipline. The league is conducting an independent investigation to see if Watson violated its personal conduct policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell said there was no timetable for when the inquiry would be completed.
Watson will have to be in Texas for some of his court proceedings, but last month one of his attorneys filed a letter saying the parties had agreed not to schedule any trials from August 1, 2022 until March 1, 2023, a period that would encompass the coming season.
Harrison’s return gives the Browns some depth at a position that has been difficult to sort out due to injuries the past two seasons.
Harrison has shown flashes of being a productive player, but the 24-year-old – he will turn 25 on April 18 – has also been error-prone. He made 11 starts and played in 12 games last season, but was also inactive for three games.
Harrison was ejected from the Browns’ season opener at Kansas City last season after shoving a Chiefs assistant coach. He was also benched for the start of Cleveland’s win over Detroit for unknown disciplinary reasons.
The Browns acquired the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Harrison in a trade with Jacksonville ahead of the 2020 season. The Jaguars selected the former Alabama star in the third round of the 2018 draft.
Harrison played 23 games with the Browns. He has 96 tackles and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in 2020 against Indianapolis.
Cleveland’s secondary has been plagued with injuries for the past two seasons. Safety Grant Delpit returned last season after missing his rookie year in 2020 with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Harrison was picked up after Delpit was injured in training camp.
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