CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns may very well be adding depth to their secondary.
According to multiple national media reports, the Browns held meetings with and intend to sign veteran NFL cornerback Jason McCourty to a two-year contract.
Entering his ninth NFL season out of Rutgers University, the 6-foot, 193-pound McCourty registered 505 total tackles, including 418 solo stops, 87 assists and one sack over eight years with the Tennessee Titans, who selected the Nyack, New York native in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Additionally, McCourty intercepted 13 passes, which he returned for 99 yards, defended 73 others and forced seven fumbles.
McCourty, whose twin brother, Devin, plays for the New England Patriots, played in 108 games for the Titans, including 14 during the 2016 season.
After missing all but four games in 2015, McCourty returned to the field to make 14 starts in 2016. In those starts, McCourty totaled 69 tackles, 60 of which were solo stops. He defended 12 passes and intercepted two others for the Titans, who finished 9-7 and missed out on winning the AFC South Division Championship and making it to the AFC Playoffs because of a tiebreaker with the Houston Texans.
Should McCourty agree to a contract with the Browns, he will join a defense that invested six of their 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft to rebuild, including the Nos. 1 and 25 picks, end Myles Garrett and safety Jabrill Peppers, respectively.
Last season, the Browns ranked near the bottom of the NFL in several statistical categories, most notably points, yards and rushing yards allowed.
On the field for the fourth-most plays in the NFL, 1,067, this season, the Browns allowed 392.4 yards and 22.8 first downs per game, and surrendered third-down conversions on 45.1 percent of their opponents’ attempts.
Also, the Browns’ 26 sacks tied for the second fewest in the NFL.
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