The Los Angeles Rams lose another quality player in the secondary to the Cleveland Browns. Cornerback Troy Hill will reportedly sign a 4-year, $24 million contract with the Browns.
The #Browns are signing former #Rams CB Troy Hill to a 4-year, $24M deal, source said, adding to their defensive haul in free agency. The Youngstown native, who had three defensive TDs last year, returns home.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2021
Hill developed into a quality player for the Rams after a rough start to his career. Hill spent five seasons in Los Angeles and worked to be a shutdown corner. It’s not entirely surprising that the Rams were unable to bring him back considering the Rams’ struggles with the salary cap in 2021.
Hill’s playmaking ability is what allowed him to earn this big payday. He had three defensive touchdowns last season alone. In fact, last season was by far his best season, earning 77 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass deflections.
The Browns’ secondary needed a boost and they certainly got it with Hill and after also signing safety John Johnson earlier in free agency. With both Hill and Johnson in the secondary, the Browns’ defense has become that much more intimidating.
TE Johnny Mundt Returns
The Los Angeles Rams announced today via Twitter that they are bringing back backup tight end Johnny Mundt. Financial details of the contract haven’t been released yet but it shouldn’t be an expensive contract.
Welcome back, @JMundt83! 👏
We've agreed to terms with TE Johnny Mundt on a one-year deal.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 18, 2021
Mundt’s impact is primarily for blocking purposes. Though, he isn’t a bad pass catcher when needed. Head coach Sean McVay actually needed to use Mundt in a pass-catching role in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears. Tyler Higbee was out with an injury and Gerald Everett was banged up. Mundt ended up hauling in three receptions for 48 receiving yards. While not mind-blowing numbers, he had an impressive game considering he’s more of a blocking tight end.
Since Higbee is still the starter and Brycen Hopkins will likely see much more playing time, Mundt will continue to serve a blocking role. Though, it is nice to know that they Rams can include Mundt in passing routes every so often.