Trumaine Johnson's free-agency decision will say a lot about state of Browns
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By Pat McManamonESPN Staff Writer

The Cleveland Browns are not hiding the fact that they are in the market for a cornerback.

They hosted former Colts corner Vontae Davis earlier this offseason, and this week ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that former Packers cornerback Sam Shields will visit Cleveland as well.

The interest in Shields, who has been sidelined by a concussion since the first game of the 2016 season, shows just how big of a need corner is for the Browns, not far from receiver and after quarterback. The defense intercepted seven passes during a winless 2017 season, the second-lowest total in the NFL.

The Browns chose not to pursue trade discussions for Kansas City's Marcus Peters; he will be traded to the Rams. That deal, though, could wind up freeing Trumaine Johnson to test the free-agent market.

Johnson fits the profile the Browns want. He's 28. He was a third-round pick in 2012. In six seasons with the Rams, he has intercepted 18 passes, returning three for touchdowns. His career-high came in 2015, when he had seven picks. Last season he broke up a team-high 14 passes, forced a fumble and recovered another. He also had two...



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