JoJo Natson re-signing with Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns keep another wide receiver 

Free-agent JoJo Natson will be returning to the Cleveland Browns for another season.

Natson, who was Cleveland’s predominant option at kick returner before tearing his ACL in Week 3 versus the Washington Football Team, announced on his Instagram that he’s running it back with the Browns.

“Run Em Back!” the speedy wideout announced the signing on his Instagram Thursday morning. It’s another one-year contract for the former Los Angeles Ram and University of Akron Zip.

“JoJo can make you miss,” special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said in September. “He is fearless for a little guy.

The Browns continue to aim to make special teams a priority, as kick and punt return production dipped once Natson went down with an injury. They used rookie wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones as his replacement late in the season.

Before his injury, on punt returns, Natson had three attempts for 25 yards, an average of 8.3 per attempt. He returned one kick for 31 yards, which was his longest rush during his short term with the Browns.

This wide receiver signing comes the morning after the Browns locked up Rashard Higgins to another one-year deal worth upwards of $2 million. Factoring in the tender given to KhaDarel Hodge, the Browns are presumably done in the wide receiver market until April’s NFL Draft.

In free agency thus far, general manager Andrew Berry has now kept Natson and Higgins, while reportedly keeping linebacker Malcolm Smith as well. The Browns added Rams safety John Johnson III and defensive end Takk McKinley.

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General manager Andrew Berry said after last season that the Browns intended to get faster and add speed all over the field. Keeping Natson will help that.