Browns agree to 1-year contract with QB Dobbs, S Harrison

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns added another quarterback as they try to figure out what to do with Baker Mayfield.

Cleveland on Friday agreed to a one-year contract with backup QB Josh Dobbs, a deal previously tweeted by his agent Mike McCartney and confirmed by a person familiar with the contract who spoke to Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Spoke to the press.

Earlier, the Browns agreed to re-sign security Ronnie Harrison on a one-year deal, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told the AP.

The Browns were in the market for a third quarterback when Nick Mullens, who had made a debut for them last season, signed with the Las Vegas Raiders as a free agent. Dobbs, 27, spent two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was on spot duty in only six games.

A 2017 fourth-round pick from Tennessee, Dobbs was placed on injured reserve prior to last season.

Cleveland’s quarterback position took a dramatic turn last month when the team pulled off a surprise trade with Houston for Deshaun Watson, who is embroiled in a legal situation in Texas.

Mayfield sought to be traded, and remains on the Browns’ roster, while they seek him and a team ready to take on his $18.8 million contract for 2022. Cleveland signed Jacobi Brissette as Watson’s backup.

While Mayfield is not expected to participate in the Browns’ voluntary off-season program beginning April 19, Watson plans to participate. The three-time pro bowler is still fighting civil lawsuits filed by 22 female massage therapists alleging sexual assault.

Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on any criminal complaint, but the civil cases are in their early stages.

Watson has given statements for some of them, and earlier this week a judge ruled that he must answer questions about his relationships with 18 women who were in his custody when the original complaints were filed with Houston police. Came to the rescue.

Watson has been adamant that he didn’t force himself or harass a woman.

He also faces NFL discipline. The league is conducting an independent investigation to see if Watson violated its personal conduct policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell said there was no timetable on when the investigation would end.

Watson will need to remain in Texas for some of his legal proceedings, but last month one of his attorneys filed a letter asking the parties not to schedule any trials from August 1, 2022 to March 1, 2023. had agreed, a period that would cover the ensuing session.

Harrison’s return gives Brown some depth in a position that has been challenging to settle due to injuries over the past two seasons.

Harrison has shown glimpses of being a productive player, but the 24-year-old – he turns 25 on April 18 – has also been plagued with mistakes. He made 11 starts and played 12 games last season, but was also inactive for three games.

Harrison was dropped from the Browns’ season opener in Kansas City last season after being pushed to a head assistant coach. He was also benched for the start of Cleveland’s win over Detroit for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.

The Browns acquired 6-foot-3, 215-pound Harrison in a trade with Jacksonville ahead of the 2020 season. Jaguars selected the former Alabama standout in the third round of the 2018 draft.

Harrison has played 23 matches for the Browns. He has 96 tackles and two interceptions, returning for a touchdown against Indianapolis in 2020.

Cleveland’s secondary has been plagued with injuries over the past two seasons. Safety Grant Delpitt last season missed his rookie year in 2020 with a torn Achilles tendon. Harrison was picked up after Delpit was injured in training camp.

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