CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have continued to dominate this offseason.
Cleveland signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, tight end Demetrius Harris, linebacker Adarius Taylor and offensive lineman Eric Kush.
“Every year is different. With that being said, we take the same processes of how we go about business,” Browns general manager John Dorsey said. “By no means is anybody content with 7-8-1. We want to be better than that. Part of the objective of this class is to get better. At the end of the day, everybody in the organization feels that, you know what, we have gotten a little bit better and we are going to compete in the AFC North.”
Richardson, 28, played for the Minnesota Vikings last season and had 4.5 sacks and 49 tackles in 16 starts.
“He’s an interior three-technique pass rusher. Ultra competitive, very prideful and is a force to be reckoned with within the inside,” Dorsey said. “In football today, if you can have an interior pass rusher to apply pressure to the quarterback, that helps. He’s got some of that ability to do that.”
Harris, 27, played for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and posted a career-high three touchdowns along with 12 receptions for 164 yards.
“Demetrius is unique is because he was a basketball player at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,” Dorsey said. “He has steadily grown into the position of tight end. He’s a solid No. 2 tight end who can both block and run and he is, to me, one of the better tight ends who plays special teams. He’ll be contributing in that regard.”
Taylor, 28, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and recorded 104 tackles and 2 sacks in four seasons.
"He is probably the second-best linebacker ever to come out of Lakeland, Florida. Ray Lewis was the first one," Dorsey said. "He's a shorter guy who's going to run around, he's a run-around, special teams guy who's going to give you competitive depth. You want to add those types of guys to your roster.”
Kush, 29, played for the Chicago Bears last season and had 344 snaps.