The Cleveland Browns officially re-signed wide receiver Rashard Higgins on Friday.
The team announced the move on its website and social media channels:
The deal is reportedly a one-year contract for the veteran minimum, according to spotrac.com.
Originally a fifth-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Higgins has spent his entire career with the Browns. He appeared to have a breakout season in 2018 when he had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. But a knee injury in last season’s opening game against the Tennessee Titans, combined with some issues with the coaching staff, limited Higgins to just four receptions for 55 yards and a lone touchdown.
In addition, Higgins did not catch a pass after the Week 10 game against the Buffalo Bills.
Higgins now has an opportunity to put the disappointment of last season behind him, as he should be in line to claim the third wide receiver position behind starters Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
Even though he is just entering his fifth season with the Browns, because of the continual turnover Higgins finds himself as the longest-tenured wide receiver on the roster.
To make room for Higgins, the Browns released defensive tackle Brandin Bryant, who appeared in four games last season.