Browns address defensive line with four-year, $72million signing of DT Dalvin Tomlinson
The Cleveland Browns have made their first major move of the NFL's free agency period by reportedly agreeing to a four-year contract with veteran defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson.
According to NFL.com, Tomlinson’s deal is worth a total of $57million with $27.5m guaranteed.
A second-round pick in the 2017 draft, Tomlinson has started all 93 games he has appeared in over his six-year career, compiling 288 tackles and 13 sacks. The 29-year-old recorded 42 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 13 games for the NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings in 2022.
Tomlinson spent his first four seasons with the New York Giants before signing a two-year, $21m contract with Minnesota in 2021.
The 325-pound Tomlinson fills a big need on a Browns defense that ended last season 25th in rushing yards allowed and yards per rush attempt allowed. Cleveland also finished 26th in Stats Perform's efficiency vs. expected rankings against the run after yielding 0.624 yards over expected per attempt.
Cleveland also stands to lose one of its 2022 starting defensive tackles with Taven Bryan an unrestricted free agent.
The Browns have made defensive line a top priority early in the NFL's legal tampering period, as they agreed to a three-year, $19m deal with former Houston Texans edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo earlier Monday.