The Cleveland Browns are expected to sign cornerback T.J. Carrie, according to The Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich. The deal is for four years and is worth $31 million, with $15.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
Carrie has spent his entire four-year career with the Oakland Raiders. He was drafted by Oakland in the seventh-round out of Ohio University during the 2014 NFL Draft. Last season he played in all 16 games, starting in every game for the Raiders. In 2017, the 27-year-old cornerback made 84 tackles and nine pass deflections. In his career, he has made three interceptions and deflected 30 passes.
Pro Football Focus rated Carrie as the 21st best cornerback in the NFL last season. They gave him an overall grade of 84.3, which PFF ranks as an above average player.
Carrie primarily played in the slot for the Raiders. But based on the contract that Cleveland is giving Carrie, it is likely that he will be one of the starter’s on the outside. But with the NFL defenses playing in the nickel for their base defense, Carey can still play in the slot and start.
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At 6 feet and 205 pounds, Carrie has the size necessary to play on the outside and contest passes against bigger receivers.
Carrie will be joining a rebuilt secondary in Cleveland. The Browns have traded for Damarious Randall and signed Terrance Mitchell. They will be joining Jason McCourty, Jamar Taylor, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and Howard Wilson among others at the cornerback position.
The Browns are planning to move Randall to free safety as they play Jabrill Peppers closer to the line of scrimmage. McCourty and Taylor were the primary starters last season. But with the recent additions to the unit, there will be plenty of competition for the starting cornerback positions.