The Browns are expected to bolster the receiver position during the offseason. They added an option to the pile Wednesday, signing former Texans and Jaguars wideout Jaelen Strong.
Strong (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) was a third-round pick of the Texans, No. 70 overall, in 2015 out of Arizona State. He’s made three starts in 20 regular-season games, catching 31 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns.
Strong, 25, was waived by the Texans in 2017 and picked up by the Jaguars. He didn’t play last season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in December 2017 but posted on Twitter in November 2018 he was “stronger and faster than ever.”
Yes yes I’m back. Stronger and faster than ever. God is my witness pic.twitter.com/XMLS9lxPZE
— Strizzy (@JaelenStrong) November 29, 2018
“On the road to recovery he has had his good days and he has had his bad days,” agent Robert Ray wrote in an Instagram post showing Strong signing his contract with the Browns. “Nonetheless, he stayed focused and he endured the test of time and patience. Your organization is getting an extremely hungry football player and I can’t wait to see him eat real, real soon.”
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For over a year now I have watched my brudda @jaelenstrong fight back from a tough ACL injury he sustained at the end of the 2017 NFL season. On the road to recovery he has had his good days and he has had his bad days. Nonetheless, he stayed focused and he endured the test of time and patience. ASMG would like to thank the @clevelandbrowns! Your organization is getting an extremely hungry football player and I can’t wait to see him eat real, real soon. God is sooooooo good. ???✅? ? ?#strizzyisback #brownies #dawgpound #cleveland #believeland #gobrowns #midwest #ohio #afc #nfl #nfloffseason #nflnetwork #callgod #nevergiveup #keepfighting #clevelandbrowns
Strong joins Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, Damion Ratley and Derrick Willies as receivers on the roster. Breshad Perriman is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent and Rashard Higgins a restricted free agent, but the Browns have discussed keeping both.