Browns sign cornerback Aaron Berry

AP

Cleveland has added some depth in its secondary in the form of free agent cornerback Aaron Berry.

The Browns announced this morning that they have signed Berry, who has previously played for the Lions and Jets.

Things haven’t gone smoothly for the 25-year-old Berry in his first four NFL seasons. He was cut by the Lions in 2012 after he was arrested twice in a month, once for drunk driving and once after he was accused of brandishing a gun in a parking lot. The NFL suspended him for three games for those incidents, and after he signed with the Jets following his suspension he had injury problems, first a hamstring injury late in the 2012 season and then a torn ACL in training camp in 2013.

Still, Berry has talent, and he was projected as a starter for the Lions before they cut him for off-field reasons. If he can stay healthy and stay out of trouble, Berry has a decent chance to contribute in Cleveland, where he already knows the defense run by head coach Mike Pettine, who was the Jets’ defensive coordinator when Berry played for them in 2012. The Browns already have one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in Joe Haden, and a talented rookie in first-round pick Justin Gilbert. Any production they could get out of Berry would be a nice bonus.

33 responses to “Browns sign cornerback Aaron Berry

  1. Browns defense looks good. But no matter how good their defense, the offense will have so many three and outs, the defense will get worn down by the third quarter.

  2. He was cut by the Lions in 2012 after he was arrested twice in a month, once for drunk driving and once after he was accused of brandishing a gun in a parking lot.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He’ll be rooming with Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel.

    After all, gotta keep the party going right?

  3. Mike Pettine is following his mentor Rex Ryan’s approach to building a team. Rock solid defense, & good running game. But like Rex, he’s also rolling the dice at the QB spot like.

  4. Browns would be wise to hang up a Heyword-Bey jersey in his locker. The sooner he get’s used to seeing the back of that jersey, the better prepared for it he’ll be on Sundays.

    Might as well throw up Moore and Brown’s jerseys too, for good measure.

  5. Mr. Broke and Homeless found a home, this guy is extremely talented, to bad he’s a complete D-bag and piece of scum.

  6. Heyward-Bay? Are you kidding me? Talk about drinking kool-aid! You’re in for a big surprise, my dude. (And by “my dude” I mean “never my dude.”)

  7. Desir will be the BEST Free Safety in the NFL.
    This move just solidified the transition for Desir.

    Last time I checked current FS Tashuan Gipson wasn’t too shabby either.

    Regardless, I love the spirit of competition. May the best player earn the start!

  8. Does that mean we can cut Buster Skrine? Please tell me it means we can cut Buster Skrine.

  9. “Browns would be wise to hang up a Heyword-Bey jersey in his locker. The sooner he get’s used to seeing the back of that jersey, the better prepared for it he’ll be on Sundays.”

    hahaha DHB?? At least you didn’t say Antonio Brown.. because Haden will have him on lockdown. But DHB? The same DHB cut by the RAIDERS? And the same DHB that couldn’t stick with a talented Colts offense?? If you guys in Pittsburg are pinning your hopes on DHB… like that’s your big FA pickup… then you have a long season ahead of you.

  10. Not a browns fan but hopefully this is the year they turn it around, to storied of a franchise to not have a ring, and those Cleveland sports fans deserve it after all they have been through

  11. You’re comparing the Raiders and Colts to the Steelers? Ridiculous.

    Randle El, Nate Washington, Burress, Santonio, Wallace, Sanders. If Big Ben can make these guys look like world-beaters, he’ll have DHB looking like Calvin Johnson 2.0.

  12. This guy was terrible in Detroit. For those saying he is talented have no clue what they are talking about. He was a member of a Lions secondary that may have been one of the worst in the league and he couldn’t even start on the team, and his off the field problems only made things worse. This is all coming from a Lions fan, I love Detroit and the Lions but this guy is not talented at all and if he hasn’t learned from his past experience, he may be out of work again.

  13. Good to see them bring someone in that can hopefully displace Skrine. As much as I like Skrine he was always a guarantee to get burned at least once a game.

  14. Buster Skrine is a Nickel corner. His talents will allow him to excel covering the slot receiver. This will be the first year he has a chance to play to his strengths. Im suprised he did as good as he did covering the #2’s last year. I guarantee he has a great year this year.
    He will be getting tested in training camp BIG TIME by having to cover Andrew Hawkins everyday! Have you seen that YouTube video of Hawkins doing 1 on 1 drill and release moves, smoking the Bengals corners over and over in practice..Yikes!

  15. It doesn’t matter who they sign, it will be more of the same old Brownstains!!!!

    The Factory Of Sadness keeps rolling on!!!!!

  16. competion at CB…just when you think they have enough guys in the mix…they bring in more….refreshing for Browns fans….haven’t seen this since before expansion..before the Lerner debacle

  17. With the play-making, ball-hawk machine the Browns signed away from Arizona (Dansby) as their cornerstone, the Browns are positioning themselves to not only stop the other team and force them to punt, the Browns will greatly improve their take-aways to give their offense (Hoyer run or Johnny Football run) short fields and more scores.

    No matter if you hate the Browns or root for them, they are finally correctly building the foundations of a strong NFL team with proven players and surrounding them with very good complementary players.

    Even though Hoyer was not good enough for Whisenhunt’s failed offense, Hoyer has proven himself to be a play-maker in the NFL when given the chance. Manziel proved himself in college with spotty coaching. If the Browns coaching staff can correctly develop him, he will be able to show if he has what it takes to be an above average NFL QB. If so, the Browns will become one of those teams on the schedule the opponents hate to play.

    There are no guarantees if the Browns can play to win or fall flat as in the past. The only thing any player can ask for is to give them a chance to compete and then you judge them all you want on the outcome.

  18. “…they are finally correctly building the foundations of a strong NFL team with proven players and surrounding them with very good complementary players.'”

    Is manzier a proven player or a good complementary player?

  19. This is the “feel good” time of the year for every team. We’ll see what plays out on the field.

    I’ve been a Browns fan for almost 70 yrs, and the last 50 haven’t been too much fun.

    I won’t get my hopes up (too much) until I actually see them play. My biggest concerns aren’t so much with the players, as how well Pettine can handle being a HC. (Chuck Noll or Romeo Crennel ?)

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