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Notes: Veteran safety Andrew Sendejo agrees to deal, will reunite with coach Kevin Stefanski

Make it two safeties for the Browns in the first week of free agency.

The Browns agreed to a deal with veteran safety Andrew Sendejo on Friday, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. NFL Network reported it’s a one-year, $2.25 million deal.

The Browns agreed to a one-year deal with safety Karl Joseph on Wednesday.

Sendejo, 32, has a long history with new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, as they spent eight-plus years together in Minnesota. Sendejo also played for new coordinator Joe Woods and pass game coordinator/defensive backs coach Jeff Howard with the Vikings.

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Sendejo (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) was undrafted out of Rice and has started 61 of 110 games in his career, most of it spent with the Vikings. He was a full-time starter from 2015-17 before getting hurt in 2018.

He signed with the Eagles last offseason, was waived in November and returned to the Vikings, where he played 14 percent of the defensive snaps behind starters Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris.

For his career, Sendejo has nine interceptions, 21 passes defensed, two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, 416 tackles and eight tackles for loss.

Joseph, 26, was drafted No. 14 by the Raiders in 2016 out of West Virginia University. He’s started 41 of 49 games, but the Raiders didn’t pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract before 2019, then he was placed on injured reserve in November with a foot injury.

The Browns likely aren’t done looking for safeties. Before the new additions, the only two on the roster were second-year players Sheldrick Redwine (fourth-round pick) and J.T. Hassell (undrafted).

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NEW LEADER

Middle linebacker B.J. Goodson’s one-year deal became official after he passed a physical at a remote location. He spent 2019 with the Packers after three years with the Giants.

“With great challenges comes great responsibility,” Goodson said in a news release. “I’m up for the task and looking forward to getting in and meeting with the staff and learning with my new teammates, getting after it and getting to work.”

Goodson, 26, will step into a leadership void after Joe Schobert signed with the Jaguars and Christian Kirksey was cut and joined the Packers. Goodson joins second-year linebackers Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki.

“I want to help lead those guys,” Goodson said. “I feel like I can be a great addition and help for the team.”

DEAL DONE

The trade for fullback Andy Janovich also became official. Stefanski requires a fullback to run his offense, so the Browns sent a seventh-round pick in 2021 to the Broncos.

“He’s a schematic fit to what we want to be,” Stefanski said. “He has all the intangibles you think of when you think of fullbacks. He’s as tough as they come. He’s a team player through and through. Fits the mentality of what we’re trying to be.”

Janovich was a sixth-round pick in 2016. He’s made 19 starts in 50 games.

“I’m really excited I’m going to a place that wants to use and utilize what I can bring,” he said. “Just looking at the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball, there’s weapons all over the place. I think it can be really special if we can pull it all together.”

The Browns still have nine picks in the 2021 draft, one in each round and two in the fourth (Genard Avery trade) and fifth (Austin Corbett trade). 

GOOD DEEDS

Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi announced he’s donating 100,000 meals to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help during the coronavirus crisis and he encouraged others to join him.

** Quarterback Baker Mayfield is donating to Meals on Wheels of Norman, Okla. He was affiliated with the service during his days at the University of Oklahoma and asked others to donate, particularly canned goods and gloves for the deliverers to wear.

He donated $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on Thursday.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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