It turns out that being one of the few bright sports on a 1-15 Browns team can be very lucrative.
Linebacker Christian Kirksey — who had 148 tackles, third-most in the NFL in 2016 — signed a four-year extension Tuesday that multiple reports said was worth $38 million, $20 million of it guaranteed.
“I am glad to be here and to be a Brown for a long time,” Kirksey said, via the team’s website. “This is my home. This is where I want to be. I love my teammates, and we are ready to get this thing rolling. I am excited for the future.”
Clearly the 2014 third-round pick made the most of increased playing time, adding 2 1/2 sacks in his first full season as a starter.
“He’s another example of a young, talented football player that we want to be part of our organization for the long-term,” Browns executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown said.
Kirksey was entering the final year of his three-year rookie deal. Here is where the scowls and furrowed brows begin. Five minutes didn’t go by in the offseason without another conversation about how the Saints needed another pass rusher to complement a pretty solid line that featured Cam Jordan. They had two first-round picks, moved up on Day 2 as part of the Cooks trade … and didn’t end up picking one. Nor did they sign an impact pass rusher.
They do have Nick Fairley inside, on the comeback Cheap Jerseys Bike trail. They Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping also have Sheldon Rankins, a 2016 first-round pick expecting to play a full season after breaking his leg in training camp last year. And they shored up other areas of their defense. But it will be less noticeable as long as they have questions up front.