5. T.J. Carrie, Cornerback
Last season, the Browns added several new faces to the secondary. One of those was T.J. Carrie, who was a former seventh-round pick out of Ohio that worked his way into the Oakland Raiders starting rotation. In his final season with Oakland, Carrie recorded 84 tackles and nine pass defenses.
He showed enough to earn a four-year $31 million deal from the Browns. In his first season with Cleveland, Carrie started eight games while appearing in all16. He had his moments in which he looked the part of a starting corner but also had his share of struggles.
Carrie ended the season with 74 tackles, eight pass defenses, and an interception. According to Pro Football Focus (Subscriptions Required), he did enough to earn a grade of 66.9, which landed him 57th at his position. That wasn’t too much higher than fellow free agent addition Terrance Mitchell, who earned an even 64.0 on the season.
This year, those two will be fighting for the right to be the third corner behind Denzel Ward and rookie Greedy Williams. While Carrie isn’t a bad option as the nickel back, Mitchell has been better in recent years at creating turnovers and could prove to be the better option for that reason alone.
While it’s true that you can never have too many good corners, the team will have to look at Carrie’s contract again should he not be able to earn one of the top three corner positions.
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