Browns continue run on defensive linemen by agreeing to terms with Trysten Hill, announce other moves

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns continued to fortify their defensive line Thursday when the team came to terms on a contract with free agent defensive tackle Trysten Hill a league source confirmed to 92.3 The Fan.

Hill is the fourth defensive lineman added in two days by executive vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry joining Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Dalvin Tomlinson and Maurice Hurst.

Selected by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Hill’s career has been slowed by injury that saw him play in just 18 games his first three years.

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Hill, who has played in 31 games with five starts, was claimed by the Cardinals last November after Dallas waived him.

Over four seasons Hill has totaled 39 tackles – seven for loss, 1.5 sacks and 13 QB hits.

The Browns also announced a pair of previously reported deals – agreeing to terms with former Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill and re-signing linebacker Sione Takitaki.

“Taki is a physical player who plays the game hard,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He’s a great teammate. He was playing at a high level for us last year prior to his injury and he’s working his tail off to make a full recovery.”

Takitaki, a third-round pick in 2019, is rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered in early December.

Thornhill will get a three-year contract worth $21 million, $14 million guaranteed after coming to terms Wednesday night.

“I can’t wait to get on the field and show Cleveland what I have,” Thornhill said. “Having the chance to play on this defense is going to be special and I’m thankful to have the opportunity.
Let’s go Dawg Pound.”

Thornhill won two Super Bowls in four years with the Chiefs, who picked him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he takes over for John Johnson III, who was officially released with a June 1 designation on Wednesday, in the Browns secondary.

“Juan is a talented young player who brings a ton of experience from a winning environment,” Stefanski said. “He has great instincts and is always around the ball. He will be a good addition to our defense.”

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