CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Higgins, who clashed with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens last season, will sign the $910,000 veteran minimum deal soon, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the agreement.
A fifth-round pick from Colorado State in 2016, Higgins had only four catches for 55 yards in 10 games last season while he also dealt with a knee injury. But he landed in Kitchens’ dog house, and his absence impacted Cleveland’s offense as well as quarterback Baker Mayfield.
In 2018, Higgins developed a nice chemistry with Mayfield and had his best season as a pro, finishing with 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games.
Higgins will likely compete for Cleveland’s No. 3 receiver spot behind stars Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. The Browns drafted Michigan’s Donovan Peoples-Jones in the sixth round Saturday and Damion Ratley and KhaDarel Hodge return from last year’s squad.