Hollywood is coming back to Cleveland. Before you ask no, it’s not a Kevin Costner sequel of Draft Day.
The Hollywood referenced is about Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who’s coming back for another year. This afternoon it was announced that Rashard Higgins, and the Browns agreed to a one-year deal worth $910K.
Earlier today it seemed like something was possibly in the works when Rashard Higgins dropped a teaser on his twitter page:
Got something to tell yall ……
— Wood (@CALLME_WOOD) April 28, 2020
That post for Browns Twitter all fired up because fans have been clamoring for weeks going back to free agency for the Browns to bring back Higgins because of his productive 2018 season. A couple hours after Higgins’ post, ESPN’s Jake Trotter broke the news of Higgins coming back to Cleveland:
Am told WR Rashard Higgins’ new one-year deal to resign with the Browns is worth $910K. Higgins really wanted to return to Cleveland, turned down more money from elsewhere. He will compete for the No. 3 WR spot.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) April 28, 2020
This is great news not only for Browns fans to see Hollywood Higgins coming back, but Baker Mayfield as well. Back in 2018, in 13 games Higgins had 39 receptions for 572 receiving yards with four touchdowns to boot. He was Baker’s safety net as the two hooked up for a good portion of games throughout 2018.
Unfortunately, last year Higgins, and a lot of the offensive players, saw a dip in production under a shaky offense called by Freddie Kitchens. Higgins only had four receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown in 10 games for the Browns. It made people wonder if the Browns would bring him back, but it seemed like Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski see something in Higgins to bring him back for another go.
It seems like the idea is to potentially make Higgins the no. 3 wide receiver to backup Jarvis Landry, and Odell Beckham Jr going into the season. Higgins works well with Baker and knows the wide receiver room so it would make sense for him to be the no. 3 on the depth chart. This would provide time for the Browns 2020 sixth round pick Donovan Peoples-Jones to adapt into the NFL as a possible return specialist in a split role with JoJo Natson who the Browns picked up back in free agency.
Higgins coming back to Cleveland could pay dividends for both sides especially on the offensive side with the knowledge of the wide receiver room and the chemistry with Baker. Look for Higgins to have a bounce back year with Baker under new head coach Kevin Stefanski.
- Browns One to Watch 2020: Mack Wilson - July 1, 2020
- Why Denzel Ward will be a Top Five cornerback in 2020 - June 29, 2020
- Why the Browns Need to Sign Chubb and Garrett Sooner than Later - June 16, 2020