Cleveland Browns' 2019 free-agent signings: DL gets boost with Sheldon Richardson


The Browns beefed up their defensive line before National Football League free agency opened.

Free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson intends to sign with the Cleveland Browns at the start of the signing period on Wednesday, reports's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $21.5 million in guaranteed money. Richardson will be joining his fourth different team.

Another possibility is through trade, and speculation surrounding New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns won't go away. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive lineman began his career as the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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The interior defender spent the 2018 season with the Minnesota Vikings, accumulating 49 tackles and 4.5 sacks playing in the middle of a talented front four. His expected arrival will give the Browns an impressive defensive line that features Richardson, Olivier Vernon, Myles Garrett, and Larry Ogunjobi.

He was suspended for the first four games in 2015 season for violating the substance-abuse policy for testing positive for marijuana.