Cleveland acquired Randall this offseason through a trade with Green Bay. While the former first-round pick endured his fair share of struggles while playing cornerback with the Packers, Cleveland thinks he'll be better suited to play safety in the AFC North.
Randall (hand) will most likely play free safety for the Browns in 2018, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
Per the report, Randall -- who was traded from the Packers in return for DeShone Kizer -- is open to the position switch and will slot in opposite of Jabril Peppers in the secondary. This move, however, is dependent on whether or not the Browns can improve their current cornerback situation via free agency and/or the 2018 NFL Draft. If the team fails to make an upgrade, Cleveland may decide to keep Randall at corner for the time being.
A first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Randall wasn't able to become the No. 1 cornerback the Packers desired. That said, he still produced when on the field, averaging 3.7 tackles per game and picking off 10 passes in 39 outings. With Jason McCourty and Jamar Taylor under contract for the upcoming campaign, Randall may have to settle for a slot corner role in his new climes.
Randall (knee) underwent hand surgery Monday, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Prior to sitting out the last two games of the season due to a knee concern, Randall was the Packers' most consistent cornerback, the result of a number of injuries elsewhere in the secondary. According to Cohen's source, Randall dealt with the minor issue in his right hand "all season," so the team was aware of the imminent procedure. In 39 career contests, Randall has racked up 144 tackles and 10 interceptions, two of them for touchdowns.
Randall (knee) is inactive Sunday against the Lions.
With Randall on the shelf, look for the Packers to turn to second-year corner Josh Hawkins to see plenty of work opposite Davon House. Randall will wrap up his third NFL season with a career-best four interceptions to go along with 47 tackles (38 solo). Though he was shaky in coverage at times and battled the injury bug most of the season, Randall flashed enough big play ability to keep him in consideration for a starting gig in 2018.
|2015||Green Bay Packers||15||58||53.0||5||0||3||47||15.7||43||1||14|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||10||39||35.0||4||0||3||91||30.3||44||0||9|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||14||47||38.0||9||0||4||35||8.8||21||1||9|
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|2016||Green Bay Packers||10||1||0||2||2.0||2||0||0|
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|2016||Green Bay Packers||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||14||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|