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Browns agree to terms with LB B.J. Goodson

General manager Andrew Berry turned his attention to the defense Wednesday and began to replace the departed at linebacker.

The Browns agreed to a deal with free agent B.J. Goodson, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. NFL Network was first to report the news.

Goodson, 26, doesn’t have the resume of either Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey but he does have some experience and can play middle linebacker.

The Browns allowed Schobert to reach free agency and he agreed to a five-year, $53.75 million deal with the Jaguars on Tuesday. Kirksey agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Packers on Monday after the Browns cut him last week.


Goodson (6-foot-1, 241 pounds) was a fourth-round pick of the Giants in 2016 out of Clemson. He was traded to the Packers after the 2019 preseason.

Goodson has started 29 of 52 games, including seven of seven in 2017, 13 of 15 in 2018 and nine of 15 last year. He had 37 tackles for the Packers in 2019.

He compiled most of his career stats in 2018, when he played 47 percent of the defensive snaps and totaled 61 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, four passes defensed, three quarterbacks hits, a half-sack and a fumble recovery.

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