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Former Alabama DB Ronnie Harrison returns to Browns on a one-year deal

Ronnie Harrison (#33) celebrates a play for the Browns against Houston in 2021 season
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Ronnie Harrison is returning to the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Friday as Harrison re-signs with the Browns.

Harrison spent the last two seasons in Cleveland after getting traded from Jacksonville to the Browns on Sept. 3, 2020.

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The Jaguars got a fifth-round pick in exchange for the safety. Harrison has played 23 games for the Browns, totaling 96 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, 10 pass breakups, and one touchdown. He brings experience to Cleveland’s defensive backfield.

Harrison got selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Jaguars. He played 28 games — including 21 starts — from 2018 to 2019. He recorded 103 tackles, three sacks, 12 pass breakups, and three interceptions. Before turning pro, Harrison became an elite safety at the University of Alabama. As a native of Tallahassee, Fla., he played in 44 games for the Crimson Tide.

Ronnie Harrison playing with Alabama football

Sep 9, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ronnie Harrison (15) celebrates after a tackle against Fresno State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Harrison collected 176 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 17 breakups, three quarterback hurries, seven interceptions, and two touchdowns in his collegiate career. He shared a team-high 74 tackles and amassed 4.5 stops for loss, 2.5 sacks, four breakups, and three interceptions in 2017. Harrison earned All-SEC honors for his performance during his junior season.

He won two Southeastern Conference titles (2015, 2016) and two College Football Playoff National Championships in 2015 and 2017.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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