The best free agent signing in Browns’ history is another player who didn’t get to shine in “The Land” for very long. Linebacker Jamir Miller was signed in 1999 when the Browns were just coming back into the NFL.
After not being a franchise for a few seasons after the original team’s move to Baltimore, the Browns were in need of some superstar players. Miller came in and provided just that for them.
Originally the No. 10 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals, Miller was a play-making linebacker who racked up 367 tackles and 13.5 sacks in five seasons in the desert. He then nearly matched his tackle total and almost doubled the sacks in just three seasons with the Browns.
Miller had a career-high 116 tackles for Cleveland in 1999 and added 4.5 sacks. He then recorded 85 tackles, five sacks and his first career interception in his second season with the Browns. In his final NFL season, Miller split time between linebacker and defensive end and had the best season of his entire career.
In 16 starts, Miller had 99 tackles, 13 sacks (a career high), 14 pass defenses, four forced fumbles and an interception. He became the first player in the new era of the Browns to make the Pro Bowl and be selected as an All-Pro.
Unfortunately, Miller never got a chance to add to his breakout season. In 2002, he suffered a torn Achilles during a preseason game. He was later placed on the IR, but never played again in the NFL.