2024 NFL free agency: Browns sign former Jets Pro Bowler to improve special teams

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While it’ll likely be overlooked, the Cleveland Browns are making a smart signing as free agency enters its second month. The Browns have signed Cleveland native and former Jets Pro Bowler Justin Hardee. 

This is a smart signing given Hardee’s special teams prowess and the NFL’s recent adjustments to the kickoff, adjustments that all but guarantee significantly more kickoff returns this season. Hardee, who recently turned 30, established himself as one of the NFL’s top special teams players during his three seasons with the Jets. 

A cornerback by trade, Hardee has made special teams his calling card since entering the NFL in 2017 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. His play on special teams in 2022 earned him his first Pro Bowl selection. His forced fumble of then-Steelers returner Gunner Olszewski spearheaded a Jets come-from-behind win in Pittsburgh in Week 4 of that season. 

Hardee actually played…

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Author : Bryan DeArdo

Publish date : 2024-04-02 15:44:48

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