The other 2018 free agent addition: T.J. Carrie
Terrance Mitchell ended up being the best signing they made at the position in the 2018 offseason, but he wasn’t the highest paid addition at cornerback. That distinction belonged to T.J. Carrie, the former Oakland Raiders corner who landed a four-year, $31 million deal to join the Browns.
Like Mitchell, Carrie was taken in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but he managed to stick with Oakland for his first four seasons in the league. During that span, he started 36 of 60 games played and had 202 tackles with three picks.
Another physical player, Carrie added 74 tackles and a pick last season while starting eight games. He had his share of struggles last year but has a lot of grit and won’t be easy to keep off the field.
Veteran depth: Phillip Gaines
The Browns continued to add players to their roster from the 2014 NFL Draft as Phillip Gaines also joined the team last season. Originally drafted by John Dorsey in Kansas City, Gaines ended up landing in Cleveland after starting last season with the Bills.
After starting six games for Buffalo, he was unexpectedly waived in November, Dorsey claimed his former draft pick and he ended up playing in four games. Gaines will have a role on special teams and the fact that Dorsey trusts him helps him a lot when it comes to making the final 53-man roster this fall.