Higgins signing a 1-year deal for $2.38 million, fully guaranteed, with Cleveland, per source. https://t.co/ExgEtnYOAj
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) March 18, 2021
Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns, Agree to Contract
A year after a falling out with former head coach Freddie Kitchens, the Browns resigned Higgins on May 9, 2020 on a one-year contract for the veteran minimum. The season started slow with Higgins inactive for two of the Browns first six games. The tides turned in Week 7 when he had his first 100-yard game with six receptions for 110 receiving yards in a 37-34 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Higgins finished the regular season with 37 receptions, a career-high 599 receiving yards and four touchdowns. During the playoffs, he added seven receptions for 116 yards.
In NFL.com Nick Shook’s yearly Unsung Hero list, he named Higgins as Cleveland’s ‘under the radar’ star. He stated “Higgins’ played a key role in Cleveland’s passing offense alongside Jarvis Landry, occupying the intermediate level of the field to make timely grabs in clutch moments down the stretch in the Browns run to the playoffs… they should think first of his timely catches and occasional walks down the end zone’s red carpet.”
In 2019, the Browns tendered Higgins when he was set to become a restricted free agent. His first touchdown reception of the season came in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills. It was a seven-yard pass from Baker Mayfield that would be the game-winner.
2018 was a solid year for Higgins, who snatched 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. 2017 began with Higgins on the practice squad but he was promoted to the active roster on September 16. In the final game of the season, he caught his first two career touchdown passes.
The Browns drafted Higgins in the fifth round with a 172nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
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