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'Don't give up on me': Browns WR Rashard Higgins tells ESPN Cleveland he wants to stay in Cleveland

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 18:54:54-05

CLEVELAND — On Friday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins appeared on 850 ESPN Cleveland's The Next Level show where he expressed his desire to remain in orange and brown.

Higgins, when asked about his future and what he wants the city to know, said, “Don’t give up on me. I never gave up on y'all."

The wide receiver, who is now a free agent after signing a one-year contract for the 2020 season, said that he hopes general manager Andrew Berry can come up with a contract for him to return to the Browns this season as well.

"Tell Andrew to send the papers, and I'm signing wherever I've got to sign," Higgins said.

The receiver said that he's excited to see if he and the Browns can reach a deal and agree on a contract.

"We want to see when we can get this contract done," Higgins said. "We want it to be with the Browns but it's up in the air right now."

Higgins has become a staple on the Browns offense and a fan favorite for his passion and loyalty to the team.

The one-year deal last season was worth $910,000 dollars. Higgins, wanting to stay in Cleveland, turned down more money from other teams.

Last season, Higgins recorded 599 yards in 37 catches with four touchdowns, getting back to the end zone chemistry he had established with quarterback Baker Mayfield in 2018.

Higgins told ESPN Cleveland that his goal moving forward is to "stay consistent."

"My mindset right now is I just want to stay consistent. That's what kept me here so long. That's why I've been here so long," Higgins said. "You guys know I'm not the fastest, I'm not the strongest, but somehow I just make plays. So I'll just try to do the things that kept me here this long and just consistently keep working, keep catching footballs, keep running routes."

When asked about some of the Browns free agents in January, Berry said that the team will be making decisions about their futures as they continue through the offseason.

"We will deal with it really as it goes. You want to retain as many good players as possible. In some situations, it ends up being the right fit, and in other situations, it does not. At the same time, that is something that we have the next several weeks to work through," Berry said. "We really do our best to maintain transparency and communication with all of the guys who have contracts expiring. We will continue to do that and work through those as more of the economic unknowns become known as we get into February and March.”

With March fast approaching, Higgins and Browns fans may likely soon know the future of "Hollywood" in Cleveland.

If Berry sees Higgins as part of the core of the team, as his many fans do, Higgins' desire to stay in Cleveland may just become a reality.

"Really, you do want to get to a point where a lot of your big activity in free agency is more in terms of retaining your core," Berry said.

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