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Browns agree to a deal with JoJo Natson

JoJo Natson, Browns

The Cleveland Browns are signing former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver and kick returner JoJo Natson to a one-year, $1 million deal, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Natson played in 12 games for the Rams last season, averaging 7.8 yards per punt return and 22.2 yards per kick return. He tallied 438 all-purpose yards.

The 26-year-old speedster previously ranked sixth in punt return yards and yards per punt return during the 2018 campaign.

Dontrell Hilliard and Tavierre Thomas had some success returning kicks for the Browns last year, though neither did anything overly spectacular. This is likely more depth add for the Browns, who have otherwise been extremely in their pursuit of impact players.

Cleveland has gotten down to business in free agency. They signed former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper to a four-year, $44 million deal that made him the highest-paid player at the position.

The Browns also signed former Tennessee Titans tackle Jack Conklin to a three-year, $42 million deal to help provide an upgrade for an offensive line that ranked among the worst in football last season, per Pro Football Focus.

New Browns general manager Andrew Berry and first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski are clearly pulling out any and all as they hope to restore a sense of competitiveness to the franchise.

The Browns looked like up-and-comers in the AFC North division after a seven-win season in 2018 but instead regressed to 6-10 in 2019, as second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled to replicate the success he had in his rookie season behind an inept offensive line.

Perhaps Cleveland’s aggressiveness in free agency will pay off this time around.