Philadelphia Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo

Veteran Safety Andrew Sendejo Signs with the Cleveland Browns

  • 2020 NFL Free Agency
  • Andrew Sendejo
  • Cleveland Browns
By Jereme Jones March 20, 2020 0 Comment
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The Cleveland Browns, looking for veteran experience in the secondary, signed safety Andrew Sendejo to a contract on Friday.

Andrew Berry has been very busy rebuilding the roster in Cleveland this week. The team signed eight players in the first few days of free agency. Most of the players have been young; guys entering free agency for the first time. Friday, Berry looked to a familiar face to bring some veteran experience to the Browns, as Cleveland signed safety Andrew Sendejo to a 1-year, $2.25 million contract.

Both Berry and new Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski have previous experience with Sendejo. Berry was with the Eagles last year when they signed Andrew Sendejo and Stefanski coached him for several years with the Vikings.

Andrew Sendejo has been a journeyman throughout his career

Sendejo, 32, has been in the NFL since 2010. After playing his college football at Rice, Sendejo began his pro career with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the short-lived United Football League. After the UFL season ended in November, he signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. He bounced from the Cowboys to the New York Jets before signing with the Minnesota Vikings in November of 2011.

Sendejo was a reserve safety in Minnesota from 2012-2014, starting 13 games in that time due to injuries. He became a full-time starter in 2015 and remained so until a groin injury ended his 2018 season early. In his eight seasons in Minnesota, he made 353 tackles, had 17 passes defended, and intercepted 7 passes.

Sendejo had his option declined by Minnesota after the 2018 season, which led him to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played nine games in Philadelphia before being released. The Vikings then added him back to the roster by claiming him off waivers. He played in eight games for Minnesota, starting two games, making 22 tackles and intercepting 2 passes.

Sendejo brings some versatility to the Cleveland secondary, with experience at both free and strong safety. He also spent some time at nickel corner last season with Minnesota. He was known more as a physical run-stopper early in his career, but his coverage skills have continued to improve as he’s grown older.

Looking at the Browns’ secondary right now, Karl Joseph should be penciled in at strong safety. Sendejo will likely compete with last year’s fourth-round pick Sheldrick Redwine at free safety. Even if he isn’t a starter, Sendejo will be a useful piece of the Browns’ plans in 2020. With his experience and versatility, Sendejo represents another good depth signing by the Browns this off-season.

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