Two days after signing defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal that may attain as much as $10 million, the Browns have launched veteran defensive deal with Sheldon Richardson. A member of the Browns since 2019, Richardson was slated to make $12 million this season.
The thirteenth total decide within the 2013 draft, Richardson began his profession as a defensive finish with the Jets earlier than switching to outdoors linebacker in 2015. Richardson, a Professional Bowler in 2014, moved to defensive deal with throughout the 2017 season, his lone season with the Seahawks. He spent the 2018 season with the Vikings earlier than he signed with Cleveland throughout the 2019 offseason. Throughout his two seasons with the Browns, Richardson recorded 7.5 sacks, 126 tackles (9 for loss), 4 pressured fumbles and 7 passes defensed. He tallied 4.5 sacks final season whereas serving to the Browns attain the playoffs for the primary time since 2002.
The 30-year-old will certainly obtain curiosity from groups wanting so as to add a veteran inside defensive lineman to their roster. Groups which might be at the moment in want of reinforcements on the defensive position embody the Cowboys, Packers, Raiders, Texans, Bears, Broncos, Cardinals, Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars, Saints and Patriots. And whereas a group could determine to make him a fast supply, Richardson could not obtain a big quantity of curiosity till the conclusion of the NFL draft, which can happen on the finish of the month.
With Richardson gone, the Browns’ present group of defensive tackles contains Jordan Elliott, Sheldon Day, Andrew Billings and Malik Jackson. Search for the Browns so as to add to this group throughout the draft. Cleveland is armed with 9 picks on this 12 months’s draft, together with No. 26 total. They’re anticipated to pick both a linebacker or an edge rusher with their first-round decide.