Report: Browns sign Craig Robertson, Johnson Bademosi
By Thomas Moore
Dec 7, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson (53) celebrates with inside linebacker Chris Kirksey (58) after recovering a fumble for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns have come to contract terms with restricted free agents Craig Robertson and Johnson Bademosi, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
The pair were among a group of free agents that general manager Ray Farmer tendered qualifying offers in March. While the details of the qualifying offers were not made public, Robertson reportedly received a second-round tender while Bademosi received a lower-round one.
The Browns still need to reach deals with safety Tashaun Gibson – who was reportedly absent from Monday’s first day of Organized Team Activities – and defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen. Friday is the last day either play can accept an offer from another team, with the Browns have the right to match said offer.
Bademosi joined the Browns in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. While he hasn’t made any starts in his three years with the club, he has led the team in special teams tackles each of his three years in Cleveland. His 44 special teams tackles are second-most in the NFL since 2012, and he was a key contributor on a special teams unit the finished second in the NFL in kickoff coverage and eighth in punt coverage in 2014.
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Robertson signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Since then, he has made 28 starts, with career totals of 264 tackles, 10 passes defensed, five interceptions, four sacks and four fumble recoveries. In 2014 he made 11 starts, finishing third on the team in tackles with 99 (57 solo, 42 assisted).
Following the season, Robertson was named the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year for the combination of his on-field play and off-field work with various charities throughout the community.
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