It has been reported that unrestricted corner back Aaron Berry met with the Browns on Monday. Berry has had his share of problems in the past few years. Berry was projected to have earned a starting role with the Detroit Lions in 2012 when he was cut after being arrested twice. The first arrest was for pointing a a gun at three people in a Pennsylvania parking lot. This was followed by a DUI and then his walking papers from the Lions. The Jets elected to give him a second chance, which is where Berry played for new Browns’ Head Coach Mike Pettine for seven games in a reserve role.
Berry hasn’t played in a NFL game since that season under Pettine with the Jets because he tore his ACL in Camp the following July. The 25 year old could receive a low risk deal from the Browns who are looking for help in the secondary. He had his best season in 2011 with the Lions when he started 3 out of 11 games had 31 tackles and 11 passes defensed. He had played himself into a role as their 2012 starter before the off-field drama got him cut. Berry is 5-11, 180 Lbs. and was an an undrafted free agent from the University of Pittsburgh. Berry is a long shot but could get a chance because of his familiarity with Pettine.
This type of move clearly is not the answer at corner and despite Buster Skrine’s improvement in 2013 he is still a nickel corner at best. The Browns need to take a serious run at a guy that can play opposite Joe Haden and not be vulnerable to an all day assault by opposing offensive coordinators. A player of Skrine’s caliber is going to get picked on when posted opposite Haden and it leaves a clear weakness in an otherwise solid defense.
As far as taking a shot on Berry for some depth, I don’t have any problem with it. Sometimes all a guy needs is a chance and he can find a way to help your football team. As long as the deal is structured properly I cannot see how this addition could hurt. Worse case scenario he gets cut. Best case, he finds his way on the field in Quarters and Sub looks and maybe he contributes. Lets be honest when talking about corner back for the Browns’ though, an upgrade over Buster Skrine is needed.
By: Brad Ward
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