Browns ink DB Moore
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rahim Moore is getting a second chance and shot at redemption with the Browns.
Benched midway through last season by Houston, Moore signed a one-year contract on Thursday with Cleveland and will compete for a starting job in training camp.
“It’s a blessing,” he said. “It feels like being drafted all over again.”
The 26-year-old Moore signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Texans last March. He began the 2015 season starting at safety but played poorly and was benched after Week 7. He wasn’t just demoted, Moore was inactive for the final nine games and last month the Texans released him.
In the meantime, the Browns found themselves in the market for a safety after former Pro Bowler Tashaun Gipson signed as a free agent with Jacksonville. Moore is energized about the changes in Cleveland, where a new front office and coaching staff are trying to revive a moribund franchise.
“I can definitely sense the aura on how this program is trying to change things around,” he said. “Before I set foot in the premises, I’ve known the great history of the Cleveland Browns, from former UCLA great Eric Turner to Don Rogers to Thom Darden; it’s a great place to be and I really felt like this was a great opportunity for me and a great fit, so I’m really excited.”
Moore played four seasons with Denver, which drafted him in the second round in 2011. He made 48 starts for the Broncos.
Moore is expected to compete with Jordan Poyer to replace Gipson.
Moore graduated from the same Los Angeles high school as new Browns coach Hue Jackson.
“I want to be a guy who comes in every day to work to be the best,” Moore said. “I’m a team guy. I’m a guy that can come help force turnovers, comes in and puts in work in the film room, get in early, leave late, very inquisitive when it comes to the game of football. I’m just a guy that loves the game. I love the history of the NFL. I want to help this program win and compete.”
Also, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and defensive back Don Jones have signed their qualifying offers as restricted free agents.
Pryor played in Cleveland’s final three games last season, his first action after converting from quarterback.