After turning upgrading both their talent on both offense and defense, the Cleveland Browns turned their attention to special teams.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Browns have signed free agent kick returner JoJo Natson to a one-year, $1 million contract. The 26-year-old Natson spent the last two seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Rams after breaking into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2017.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Natson is no stranger to Northeast Ohio, having spent the senior season of his college career at Akron. Prior to his lone season with the Zips, Natson spent three years at Utah State, where he tied a Mountain West record with four punt returns for a touchdown.
Appearing in 12 games in 2019, the 5-foot-7, 153-pound Natson returned 13 kicks for 289 yards (22.2 average) and 19 punts for 149 yards (7.8 yards). Last season, reserve running back Dontrell Hilliard served as Cleveland's top kick returner, amassing 421 yards on 17 returns (24.8 average).
In addition to Natson, the Browns have reportedly agreed to terms with tight end Austin Hooper, offensive tackle Jack Conklin, quarterback Case Keenum, linebacker B.J. Goodson, safety Karl Joseph, defensive tackle Andrew Billings and cornerback Kevin Johnson.
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