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Browns reportedly reach new deal with Rashard Higgins

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Wide receiver agrees to one-year contract to stay in Cleveland.

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The Cleveland Browns have decided to give Rashard Higgins an encore in 2020.

The team has reportedly agreed to re-sign the wide receiver known as “Hollywood” to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the cleveland.com:

It seemed a forgone conclusion that Higgins would sign elsewhere are spending the bulk of the 2019 in then head coach Freddie Kitchen’s doghouse. But with a change to head coach Kevin Stefanski, and a chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield that developed in 2018, Higgins is willing to give it another try with the Browns.

Higgins appeared ready to build off a solid 2018 season that saw him finish with 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. But a knee injury in the season opening game against the Tennessee Titans, combined with his issues with the coaching staff, limited Higgins to just four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown for the season and he did not catch a pass after the Week 10 game against the Buffalo Bills.

That is all in the past, now, but it will still be interesting to see how much work Higgins gets this fall. He is still behind starting wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and with the addition of tight end Austin Hooper to a position that already has David Njoku, the receiving threat of running back Kareem Hunt, and the selection of wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones in last week’s NFL Draft, targets may be hard to come by for Higgins.