It’s not a flashy signing, but the Cleveland Browns have made a move to bring depth to a secondary hurt by the departure of cornerback Eric Wright, who left to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Last night, the Browns agreed to terms with cornerback Dimitri Patterson, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Patterson is expected to compete for the third cornerback spot, along with Coye Francies and rookie Buster Skrine, who has impressed so far in training camp.
Patterson started nine of the Eagles’ 16 games last season, making 52 tackles, 1 sack, 11 defended passes, and four interceptions, one of which was returned 40 yards for a touchdown.
This is purely a depth signing, and Patterson could be called upon to start should something happen to Joe Haden or Sheldon Brown. But before we get too excited, it should be noted that the Browns are Patterson’s fourth team since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2005. While that’s not completely out of the ordinary, this article from Cleveland Frowns sheds a little more light on the subject (trust me, it’s a good read).