Newsome signed his rookie contract with the Browns on Saturday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Newsome could make the case for the starting outside cornerback job opposite stalwart Denzel Ward with a strong training camp, but the Browns did sign Troy Hill to a healthy contract this offseason and still have 2019 second-round pick Greedy Williams around, both of whom could make an argument for the same spot. Either way, Newsome is expected to be a key cog in an improving Browns defense as the team chases a significant postseason run.
The Browns selected Newsome in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 26th overall. The Browns already have one star corner in Denzel Ward, so Newsome could pair with him to make one of the league's more intimidating corner duos with a little luck. Newsome (6-foot, 192 pounds) was the top defender in a strong Northwestern secondary, where his 4.39 speed made it difficult to get open. The Browns plan to protect leads after a promising 2020 showing under coach Kevin Stefanski, and Newsome should be useful toward that end.
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