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Cornerback Jason McCourty to join Cleveland Browns

Cornerback Jason McCourty to join Cleveland Browns

The Browns, quiet in free agency after signing guard Kevin Zeitler, center JC Trotter and wide receiver Kenny Britt on March 9, the first day the market opened, made another splash on May 17 by signing cornerback Jason McCourty to a two-year contract.

Simms declined to disclose the financial terms, but McCourty later told NFL Network the two-year deal is worth $6 million, including $2 million guaranteed. McCourty started all 14 games he played in last season and recorded 69 tackles, 12 passes defended, and two interceptions in his final season in Tennessee.

"In talking with Sashi and Coach Hue Jackson, it was obvious", McCourty said.

McCourty, the twin brother of Devin McCourty of the Patriots, has 13 interceptions and 72 passes defenses in his National Football League career. Drafted by Jeff Fisher in Tennessee, McCourty will be reuniting with DC Gregg Williams, who he played for in 2013. May. The energy flowed through the entire building with everybody I talked to all the way to the players.

"I wanted to go somewhere where I felt I could come in and be a piece of the puzzle, whether it's helping with veteran leadership or contributing in any way I can on the field", he said. Jamar Taylor started 14 games at right cornerback a year ago. "This was an easy decision for me". After being named the team's starting corner in 2011, McCourty has led Tennessee during the past six seasons with 11 interceptions and 78 passes defensed, based on coaches' film.

The Browns will announce Wednesday they signed McCourty.

After fourth-round cornerback Howard Wilson suffered a fractured kneecap at rookie minicamp, the need for help was real at the position. Gonzalez was the 224th overall pick. At Arizona State, Gonzalez last season won the Lou Groza Award, given yearly to the nation's top kicker. He is the FBS all-time leader with 96 field goals and 494 points.