Browns To Sign Veteran CB Jason McCourty

Browns To Sign Veteran CB Jason McCourty

Cornerback Jason McCourty signed with the Cleveland Browns, his agent Andy Simms tweeted Tuesday. They lost fourth-round pick Howard Wilson to a fractured patella during rookie minicamp, so the need for help at corner in Cleveland is a bit greater than it was at this time last week.

McCourty played for the Tennessee Titans the past eight seasons, but became a free agent after he was released on April 18 when he and the team could not agree on a reduced contract for 2017.

Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams coached McCourty in 2013 when Williams was a senior defensive assistant with the Titans. But, there's a reason why McCourty hasn't signed on to a team yet, and it's probably because he's not getting the type of "final big contract" he'd like to have after missing 14 games to injury over the past two years in Tennessee. By comparison, this is how PFF ranked the Browns' top three cornerbacks in 2016: Joe Haden 85th, Jamar Taylor 19th and Briean Boddy-Calhoun 71st. He had played in all but one game the previous four seasons.

He finished his Titans stay with 505 combined tackles, 73 passes defended, 13 interceptions and six forced fumbles across 108 games. He was originally a sixth-round draft pick out of Rutgers, where he played with his twin brother, Devin, who plays for the New England Patriots.

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