CLEVELAND (AP) – Rushard Higgins claims he moved to the playoffs from his critical game-spill.
He could not leave the Browns.
Higgins, who made a pricey turnover last season after losing to Kansas City in the playoffs last season, recently turned down more free agent money from other teams to sign a one-year, $ 2.3 million contract to stay in Cleveland.
“I knew where I wanted to be,” the broadcaster said as he sat in his car at his team’s headquarters in Berea, Ohio, on Friday. “We have everything I need here as Cleveland Brown. So why not?
“At the end of the day, when I weighed my options, it only made sense. I’m here. I’m Cleveland Brown, I want to push this back. “
Higgins, who has been a favorite of Cleveland fans and has developed excellent chemistry with base Baker Mayfield, wants to “run back” with the Browns after they ended their long playoff drought with a win over Pittsburgh. Before losing the rope champion Chief cousins.
When the free agency opened, Higgins, formed by the Browns in 2016, looked around and realized he was in the right place.
“We just did a historic run, something that has not been done in 20 years,” Higgins said. “It looks like going to another team, how does it benefit me? Obviously you can say that for the money, but the (salary) cap has dropped.
“To go somewhere for another million or two million dollars, then you start with a completely different midfielder, then you start with a whole new book. It just looks like. What are you looking for in another team? ”
Higgins consulted with Mayfield throughout the free agency as other teams “hit me.” While he could have done more elsewhere – he admitted that the Browns secured his deal with a guaranteed amount – the possibility of staying on the conscription team was a possible factor.
That’s the fact that Cleveland has found a backlash after so much turmoil.
“It depends on his judgment,” said Higgins, who had 37 catches four times last season. “You have a coach who is here, he will stay, coach of the year – I did not have him here because I am here. There has always been another coach. Just knowing (Kevin) Stefanski, trusting him, his team, spending his first year in the playoffs is the beginning for me.
“Let’s run back.”
Higgins spoke to reporters for the first time since losing 22-17 to the home team. The outcome could have been different if it were not for a game at the end of the first half, which Higgins claims he left behind.
In the 5th minute, after catching a pass from Mayfield, Higgins turned around and dived to the side of the pillar, before being blown up by Daniel Sorenson. The blow from the helmet to the helmet neutralized the ball և it bounced off the end zone for feedback.
Circulation stole Cleveland momentum.
“It was just football,” Higgins said at first, dismissing the idea that his mistake motivated him to return to the Browns. “Looking back, it was a blow from a helmet to a helmet. We can not say much about that. The end of the day is football. Move forward. “
Higgins is right, but it was a huge game that could have upset the Browns, և maybe even in the Super Bowl.
Higgins thinks that the rule that is in favor of defense should be “looked at”. He did not use Sorensen’s hit as an excuse, but said the illegal strike was a disgrace.
“Obviously the day was clear,” he said. “It is possible that the referent was not from a good point of view. I do not know how it was, but we have to go through it. It is a new year. The end of the day is football. I was just trying to play a game for the team. That was all there was to it. “
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