On Monday, the Cleveland Browns announced the signing of cornerback Aaron Berry. The unrestricted free agent is entering his fifth NFL season with the hopes to rejuvenate his career. The former Pittsburgh defensive back has experienced his share of bad decisions and misfortune.
Originally undrafted in 2010, Aaron Berry signed with the Detroit Lions where he spent two seasons. The 2011 campaign marked the 25 year old’s best statistical season, appearing in 11 games accumulating 31 tackles and 11 passes deflected. Berry was competing for a starting job until the summer of 2012, when Berry clashed with the law resulting in two arrests within a month.
A suspected DUI and gun possession resulted in Berry’s release from Detroit. Next destination, New York, where Berry got introduced with Mike Pettine and Jim O’Neill. After serving a three game suspension, Aaron Berry appeared in seven games until a hamstring injury ended his season. A torn ACL, received in training camp, kept the cornerback from 2013 action.
Hopefully, Aaron Berry returns healthy and obedient. Berry’s strength involves man-to-man coverage, an aspect integrated into Mike Pettine’s system. Not to mention, this is a system that the cornerback has already learned and performed in.
Aaron Berry is considered a long shot to make a team already containing Joe Haden, Justin Gilbert, Pierre Desir, Buster Skrine, and Leon McFadden. If he does make the team, Cleveland instantly improves. Ray Farmer believes Berry, “gives us both depth and competition at the position.”
Regardless of health concerns and criminal background, I am intrigued to witness what Aaron Berry brings to the Browns. Nothing is written in stone as the defensive back isn’t guaranteed to make the cut. Nevertheless, the Browns are really focused on turning the team around, searching for talent wherever it may lie.
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