Cleveland Browns Free Agent No. 4 to resign: M.J Stewart
He’s listed as a cornerback on the defense, but M.J. Stewart has played a variety of positions on the team. He has filled in nicely whenever his name has been called. He stepped at the safety position in the last couple of games. It started when the team played the Las Vegas Raiders and he had 11 tackles including a forced fumble. He followed that game up in the Green Bay game where he had 10 tackles.
He’s played on special teams over the past two seasons. He produced his best campaign statistically. So, he’s a very versatile player and the Browns would be foolish to let Stewart get away. He got paid a bit over $1.1 million this past year. He’ll want much more than that and Cleveland needs to pay him.
The Browns will be bringing back safety John Johnson and cornerback Troy Hill, the two free agents the team brought in last season. Safety Ronnie Harrison is a free agent. Does the team prefer to try and keep him or Stewart?
Harrison’s contract was a bit over $2 million this past year. Both players are very similar statistically. While Harrison had 58 tackles and one interception, Stewart had 46 tackles this year. He had two interceptions last year.
Stewart’s versatility though could be key in the decision on who to keep. With Cleveland cornerbacks such as Greedy Williams, Denzel Ward, and Greg Newsome II having experienced injuries in the past, having a player of Stewart’s talents would be a bigger selling point to keep him next season.