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Former troubled and injured Jets cornerback Aaron Berry visits Browns


By on 3/18/2014 12:30:00 PM

The Cleveland Browns have been extremely active in this year's free agency.  Signing multiple players and utilizing their money in an effort to improve their 4-12 record from last year they have cut and added more athletes than one can count on their fingers.  The latest player that the Browns are talking with is former New York Jets cornerback Aaron Berry, according to NBC Sports

Cornerback Aaron Berry has had a troubled two-year stretch on and off the field. After multiple arrests and a serious knee injury, he’s looking to jump start his playing career, perhaps with the Browns.

The Browns are searching for help at cornerback, and reportedly were interested in the high-profile likes of Darrelle Revis, who signed with New England, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who landed with the New York Giants.

Berry has played in 19 games, 12 with the Detroit Lions, and seven with the New York Jets.  In July of 2012, the Lions released Berry, after his seventh arrest which included simple assault and drunk driving.  He finished with the Lions with 34 combined tackles and one interception.

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Turning over a new leaf, Berry then signed with the New York Jets for the upcoming 2012 season, but by only playing in seven games, he accounted for two tackles the entire year.

In preseason for the Jets in 2013, Berry tore his ACL and missed the entire season. 

One may question the Cleveland Browns' motive.  Most make the connection that the Browns' new head coach Mike Pettine was the Jets' defensive coordinator in 2012.  Others feel the money should be used in other ways. 

What is known is that the Browns may be giving the 26 year old a final chance to prove himself.  If that's the case, it's highly commendable for an organization to stick their neck out and give this kid another shot at an NFL career.


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