The Cleveland Browns have added another valuable price to their secondary.
Just yesterday the Cleveland Browns deal with John Johnson became official, now they are signing one of his teammates from the Rams Troy Hill. The Browns and Hill have agreed to terms on a four-year $24 million deal per reports.
This is huge addition for the Browns defense. It is clear that the team identified that their defense from last season needed major upgrades and their strategy of one-year deals the previous year did not work. Adding Troy Hill to the mix in addition to John Johnson instantly upgrades this group. No longer should the Browns be giving up career passing days to opposing quarterbacks. Instead they may be able to force more turnovers and not rely on the turnover luck gods to come their way.
Troy Hill has seven career interceptions, all coming in the last three seasons. Additionally, Hill has 29 pass defenses in his career along with 3 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. Hill now being in the mix gives the Browns a reliable option opposite Denzel Ward. This also puts Greedy Williams in a role where he does not have to be on the field every play, a role which may suit him considerably better than that of his rookie season. The Browns defense seems to be taking the strides that the offense did last season. Hopefully the on field performance follows suit and becomes an asset and not a liability.
The numbers of the deal for Troy Hill are reportedly not what they seem. It turns out that the deal is for two-years $9 million with the possibility of that number reaching $10 million according to Mary Kay Cabot. The final two years of the deal are voidable which only makes this deal a much better deal for the Browns from a money standpoint.