Cleveland Browns add ‘finest gunner’ Mike Ford Jr. in free company

The Cleveland Browns look to have added some reinforcements on Monday for particular groups coordinator Bubba Ventrone.

Whereas there was no official phrase from the staff, it seems they’ve reached a take care of free agent cornerback/particular groups participant Michael Ford Jr., in keeping with a Tweet from Ford himself:

NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport later checked in to say it’s a one-year deal for Ford value as much as $2.25 million:

Ford spent the 2022 season with the Atlanta Falcons, the place he appeared in all 17 video games and made two begins, ending with 15 tackles. Whereas he noticed restricted time on protection – simply 83 snaps – he logged 361 snaps on particular groups for the Falcons.

Ford’s capacity on particular groups is the spotlight of his sport, in keeping with ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, who highlighted Ford’s work in a current evaluate of Atlanta’s free brokers:

The 6-foot and 190-pound Ford has developed into one of many league’s prime particular groups gamers and is a key contributor there. Pay no consideration to the defensive numbers (though he may play nook or security in an emergency) and have a look at the general worth to a part of the sport Atlanta locations an emphasis on.

Ford can be extraordinarily assured in his capacity to fill the gunner position:

Initially an undrafted free agent out of Southeast Missouri State, Ford performed three seasons with the Detroit Lions (2018 to 2020) earlier than spending the 2021 season with the Denver Broncos after which final season with the Falcons.

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