One Thing The Browns MUST Do
The Cleveland Browns are 10-4 with two weeks to go in the season. While a playoff birth is literally within reach for the first time in a long time (the last actual playoff season was 2002), there is one thing the Browns do need to address.
While watching the game against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, the announcers would not shut up about wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. While I love Odell, the dude has literally been hurt since late-October and has not factored in this recent success. Honestly, one could make the argument that quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense has been better sans-Odell.
Anyway, in the 20-6 victory over the Giants, one player that really stood out was wide receiver Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins. The 26-year-old stands at 6’1 and 198 pounds for the Browns. Mayfield was able to find Higgins four times for 76 yards. Those catches were key to moving the football and putting points on the board.
Now, Higgins is not as flashy as OBJ or anything of that nature. In his career, after being drafted in the 5th round of the 2016 draft (172) out of Colorado, he has 111 catches for 1,560 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, it really appears like he is finding his way at just the right time. This year, Higgins has 35 catches for 544 yards and four touchdowns. When it’s set and done, it’ll be his best season thus far…
Hollywood is playing on a one-year deal worth just under a million dollars. The Browns MUST re-sign this wide receiver to have him serve in a role for future years to come. No one knows the status of OBJ or some of the other receivers. It only looks like Higgins is going to improve with time.
Allowing for another team to jump the Browns and sign Hollywood would simply be a huge loss for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations not just for this year but years to come. Sign him for a deal that keeps him in Cleveland 4-5 more years at a couple million each season.
This connection between Baker and Higgins will simply continue to grow. Do not ruin it by being stubborn with contract money. This guy actually deserves a nice deal.