Browns re-signing returner JoJo Natson, LB Walker visiting


CLEVELAND — The Browns are re-signing free agent returner Jojo Natson, who tore a knee ligament just three games into last season.

Natson signed a one-year deal with Cleveland in 2020, but had it cut short when he got hurt returning a punt in a Week 3 win against Washington. The Browns never got what they wanted out of their return game and are bringing back the 27-year-old speedster for another year.

“Run Em Back!!!” Natson posted on his Instagram account.

Natson is also a deep threat for the Browns, who are hoping star receiver Odell Beckham recovers from his torn knee ligament. Reports on Beckham during his recovery have been positive.

On Wednesday night, the Browns agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.3 million contract with wide receiver — and fan favorite — Rashard Higgins. The 26-year-old caught 39 passes and scored four touchdowns last season, and has a strong on-field connection with quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The Browns continue to look for help on defense, and Thursday they’re hosting free agent linebacker Anthony Walker, who spent the past four seasons with Indianapolis. He’s started 46 games over the past three seasons.

Walker is a possible replacement for B.J. Goodson, who is a free agent; it’s not yet known if the Browns will re-sign him. He was solid in his first season with Cleveland, handling the defensive signal calls for coordinator Joe Woods.

Defense is a priority this offseason for general manager Andrew Berry, and since Monday the team has agreed to contracts with safety John Johnson III and defensive end Takk McKinley. The team has also re-signed linebacker Malcolm Smith, a Super Bowl MVP for Seattle in 2014.

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