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Browns exercise 5th-year option on Damarious Randall

The Browns have exercised the fifth-year option on safety Damarious Randall, whom they acquired in a trade with the Green Bay Packers last month.

Randall, the 30th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is expected to give Cleveland’s secondary a boost after finishing second-to-last in interceptions last season.

Browns coach Hue Jackson has said Randall will play free safety — his original position at Arizona State — after mostly playing cornerback in three seasons with the Packers. General manager John Dorsey added he was a fan of Randall in college. 

"I thought he was a really good football player," Dorsey said last month. “He has natural feet. He has really excellent athletic skill sets. He gives you great flexibility. He can play corner. He can play safety."

Randall, 25, joins a secondary that includes rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, whom the Browns drafted with the No. 4 pick, second-year safety Jabrill Peppers (the 25th pick in the 2017 draft), Jamar Taylor, Brian Boddy-Calhoun and free agent additions in corners T.J. Currie, E.J. Gaines and Terrance Mitchell.

Clubs have until Thursday to determine whether they use fifth-year options on 2015 first-round draftees.​

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