The Cleveland Browns hosted free agent defensive tackle Shelby Harris for a visit at the end of July, expressing a need to bolster depth at the position after parting ways with Perrion Winfrey following his off-the-field incidents. We hadn't heard much of a follow-up to that visit until Wednesday evening when NFL insider Jordan Schultz broke the news that Harris is signing with the Browns:
Breaking: Free agent DT Shelby Harris is signing with the #Browns, per sources.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) August 9, 2023
Harris was with the #Seahawks last season after being included in the Russell Wilson trade. Highly productive player whose racked up 24.5 sacks and 40 TFLs in his career. pic.twitter.com/o484huLLs9
As DBN's Jared Mueller previously pointed out, over the past two years, Pro Football Focus graded Harris as a better run defender than pass rusher. He has played a lot of snaps -- a career-high in 2019 (636), followed by 560 and 564 snaps over the last two seasons. He hasn't shown signs of wearing down per se, but you do have to acknowledge that he's getting up there in years.
Cleveland has one definite starter in veteran Dalvin Tomlinson on the interior. Many have penciled Jordan Elliott in as the other starter, but he is far from a lock, and one could argue that Harris should be penciled in as a starter effective immediately.
Schultz added that the maximum value of Harris' deal with the Browns is $5.25 million.