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Browns make signing of Karl Joseph official, adding depth at safety

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 17:39:59-04

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns made it official, announcing the signing of free-agent safety Karl Joseph to the roster.

Joseph joins recently signed teammates Adrian Clayborn, Jack Conklin and Kevin Johnson as former-first round picks to land a role with the Browns this season.

The safety was selected by the then Oakland Raiders with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft where he remained until signing with the Browns.

Joseph, an All-Rookie safety in 2016, has recorded 236 tackles, 174 of which were solo, and four interceptions in his four seasons in the league.

In a conference call Monday afternoon, Joseph said he felt Cleveland was the best fit for him.

“I told my agent from the beginning of this whole process that for me, money was not the most important thing. I loved my time with the Raiders, but the most important thing for me was just going to a place where I felt I was wanted and needed and that was going to give me an opportunity to be myself and really maximize my full potential. I felt like Cleveland offered that to me," Joseph said.

The Browns, who have been adding depth to depleted roster areas throughout the offseason, do so again with the signing of Joseph. The Browns safety room now includes Joeseph, Andrew Sendejo, J.T. Hassell and Sheldrick Redwine.

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