Free agent defensive back Jason McCourty visiting Browns
- Author: Rosalie Stanley May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 0:30
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, free agent cornerback Jason McCourty is one such potential hole filler.
The deal is worth up to $6 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
McCourty spent the first eight years of his National Football League career with the Tennessee Titans, but was released in April for reportedly being unwilling to take a pay cut and the possibility of a decrease in his playing time. In talking with Sashi [Brown] and coach Hue Jackson, it was obvious. He reunites with Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was a senior assistant defensive coach with the Titans in 2013.
"After taking my visit, it became clear what's brewing within this organization in Cleveland", McCourty said in a statement. "He's a good fit for our team and we feel his experience and versatility will be an asset for our defense".
"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.
Last season, McCourty started 14 games, posting a team-best 18 passes defensed and finishing first among Titans defensive backs with 64 tackles. "This was an easy decision for me".
But McCourty will turn 30 before the start of the 2017 regular season, and players who hit 30 and are not named Joe Thomas are quickly falling out of favor in Berea.
Kicker Zane Gonzalez, drafted in the seventh round, signed his rookie contract.
Gonzalez played in 51 games at Arizona State and won the Lou Groza Award previous year as the nation's top kicker. Gonzalez was the 224th overall pick.
Gonzalez made 23 of 25 field goals, including a 59-yarder, for the Sun Devils in 2016.