Browns Sign Four Including RFA WR Rashard Higgins

     

According to Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns have re-signed four players including restricted free agent WR Rashard Higgins.  

The Browns also signed CB Juston Burris and exclusive rights free agents DL Trevon Coley and S Jermaine Whitehead.  

The Browns also waived S Derrick Kindred, WR Ricardo Louis and DB Howard Wilson in moves announced earlier today.  

Higgins was tendered by the Browns with the original-round designation worth $2.025 million for the 2019 season. The Browns will get an opportunity to match any offer he receives in free agency or let him go and collect a fifth-round pick. 

Higgins, 24, is a former fifth-round pick of the Browns back in 2016. He was entering the second year of his four-year, $2.584 million contract when the Browns elected to cut him loose at the start of the 2017 season. 

Higgins was later signed to the Browns’ practice squad before eventually being promoted to their active roster during the 2017 season. 

In 2018, Higgins appeared in 13 games for the Browns and caught 39 passes for 572 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

Burris, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the Jets back in 2016. He was in the third year of his four-year, $2.89 million contract when the Jets waived him a few weeks ago.

The Jets re-signed Burris to their practice squad after he cleared waivers.

In 2018, Burris appeared in four games for the Jets and four games for the Browns, recording two tackles with the Browns.

Coley, 24, wound up signing a three-year, $1.62 million contract with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic back in May. He was unfortunately among the Ravens’ early roster cuts coming out of the preseason.

Coley later signed on to the Redskins practice squad before being released. The Browns added him to their practice squad in 2016.  

In 2018, Coley played all 16 games for the Browns, recording 39 total tackles, four tackles for loss, half a sack and a fumble recovery. 

Whitehead, 26, wound up signing on with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn back in May of 2015. He was unfortunately among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason before later signing to the 49ers’ practice squad.

After a brief stint with the Ravens, Whitehead signed on with the Packers before being waived last year.

In 2018, Whitehead appeared in seven games for the Packers and seven games for the Browns.  He recorded 24 tackles, one sack, no interceptions and two pass defenses.

Wilson, 23, is a former fourth-round pick of the Browns back in 2017. He was in the second year of his four-year, $3 million contract and would have made base salaries of $645,000 and $735,000 during the final two years of the agreement.

Wilson has missed both of his professional seasons with the Browns due to knee injuries.  

During his college career at Houston, Wilson recorded 107 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, nine interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, 15 pass defenses and two fumble recoveries over the course of three seasons and 27 total games.

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