The Cleveland Browns continue to make smaller, albeit necessary, moves in free agency, locking up cornerback Dimitri Patterson with a three-year contract worth $16 million. Patterson is guaranteed $6 million in the deal.
Patterson was primarily the nickelback last season, as Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden were ahead on the depth chart. However, there has been talk of moving Brown to safety, depending on who else the Browns acquire this offseason, so there is a possibility that Patterson could find more playing time on the outside in 2012.
The cornerback had a solid season in 2011, playing in 14 games and making 28 tackles. He also had 12 passes defensed.