Browns To Sign Morgan Burnett

The Browns are set to sign former Packers and Steelers safety Morgan Burnett, as Mary Kay Cabot of tweets. The veteran was not happy with the way he was used in Pittsburgh last year, but he’ll now have an opportunity to compete for the club’s starting job at strong safety. Burnett will receive a two-year deal that can max out at roughly $9MM, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter).

The Browns’ filled a need at wide receiver when they acquired Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants, but they also created a need at strong safety by giving up Jabrill Peppers in the deal. They got even more thin at safety recently when they released Derrick Kindred, so Burnett should have an opportunity to shine in Cleveland. He’ll duke it out with Eric Murray, who just came over in the Emmanuel Ogbah deal with the Chiefs, for the right to play opposite of free safety Damarious Randall, his former Packers teammate.

The club also plans to sign former AAF quarterback Garrett Gilbert, Cabot adds (Twitter link). Before he was displaced by the spring league’s abrupt stoppage, Gilbert spent time with the Rams, Patriots, Lions, Raiders, and Panthers. He has just three career passes in the NFL, but evaluators regarded him as one of the best QBs in the AAF.

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  1. Michael Chaney

    I just noticed that Baker Mayfield and Garrett Gilbert both played at the same high school, which is kind of wild

    • afsooner02

      Yet played for 2 colleges that really don’t like one another…..

    • wrigleyhawkeye

      I don’t think calling any ex-Packer to the Browns is all that surprising. 10% of their 50 man is probably ex-Packers.

      • Michael Chaney

        After Burnett, I think only Randall and Tretter are former Packers unless I’m missing someone. There are a lot more ex-Chiefs though.

        • Marytown1

          Not on the 50 man but there’s a bunch of the front office that are of the Packer (Ron Wolf) tree.

    • sufferfortribe

      There’s always that one guy who throws spaghetti against the wall…..

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