By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rashard Higgins is back on Cleveland’s roster. It remains to be seen if he’s back in the game plan.
Higgins’ signing to a one-year, $910,000 contract was made official Friday by the Browns, who brought back the free agent following a strange 2019 season for the former fifth-round draft pick.
In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins gestures before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cleveland. Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
Higgins was limited by a knee injury last season, but he also fell from favor with former coach Freddie Kitchens and finished with four catches for 55 yards. It was a dramatic drop for Higgins, who in 2018 became a favorite target for quarterback Baker Mayfield and had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns.
The Browns also waived defensive tackle Brandin Bryant.
The 25-year-old Higgins is the longest tenured receiver with Cleveland. He’ll compete for the No. 3 receiver spot behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. along with rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones and others.
In four seasons, Higgins has 76 catches for 1,016 yards and seven touchdowns.