Browns strengthen secondary by signing cornerback Jason McCourty; kicker Gonzalez also signed

May 20, 2017, 00:26
Browns strengthen secondary by signing cornerback Jason McCourty; kicker Gonzalez also signed

"After taking my visit it became clear what is brewing within this organization in Cleveland", said McCourty.

McCourty (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) also cited receiver Kenny Britt as playing "a major role" in him joining Cleveland. Obviously, I had a year of experience with [defensive coordinator] Gregg Williams so I know how insane he is and how much energy he brings to the table. They played together at Rutgers and with the Titans. Drafted by Jeff Fisher in Tennessee, McCourty will be reuniting with DC Gregg Williams, who he played for in 2013. May. McCourty then talked to Haden, Taylor and linebackers Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey and Demario Davis. "Just looking forward to helping this team in any way I can". I want to be a part of something where I felt like I am wanted and where I feel like I'm part of a family.

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But McCourty will turn 30 before the start of the 2017 regular season, and players who hit 30 and are not named Joe Thomas are quickly falling out of favor in Berea. He has 517 career tackles, 13 interceptions, 91 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one sack. He was Tennessee's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014 for his on-field performance and work in the community.

Arizona State Sun Devils place kicker Zane Gonzalez kicks in the first half October 15 in Boulder, Colo.

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In other news, the Browns announced they signed seventh-round draft pick Zane Gonzalez.

McCourty would potentially fill the opening created by rookie Howard Wilson's knee injury, though McCourty would definitely project as a starter ahead of the fourth-round pick.

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Gonzalez made 23 of 25 field goals, including a 59-yarder, for the Sun Devils in 2016.

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