Sheldon Richardson to join Browns on 3-year, $39M deal

Sheldon Richardson to join Browns on 3-year, $39M deal

The excitement of the discovery of Baker Mayfield didn't cloud general manager John Dorsey's vision that he needed to strengthen his front seven.

ESPN was first to report Richardson's agreement.

Richardson was a free agent last offseason and signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings. The Browns ranked 30th in total defense last season, 28th against the run. The Browns have the No. 17 overall pick and many experts had the team focused on adding a tackle in that spot from what's considered a deep class.

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Another possibility is through trade, and speculation surrounding New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns won't go away. His new contract will reportedly pay him up to $36 million according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Richardson will get $21.5 million in guaranteed money. In six seasons as a pro, he has 23 1/2 sacks and 195 tackles in 87 games.

The Browns finished 12th in defensive DVOA past year and are making additions to their defensive line that should position them to be even better next season.

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