CLEVELAND — With less-than-stellar production at the running back position since Earnest Byner was run out of town in the late ‘80s, the Cleveland Browns could be using the Philadelphia Eagles’ strategy with Michael Vick and offering a contract to a once-great player following a prison sentence.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport noted that the Browns are one of three teams to contact the agent of O.J. Simpson just minutes after it was announced that he would be eligible for a release from prison on Oct. 1. Depending on the time of the release, he could join the team in time for their Week 4 game against the Bengals at 1 p.m. that same afternoon.
Though rust could certainly be a factor after spending the last nine years in prison and 28 years prior to that retired, “The Juice’s” fantastic career average of 99.1 yards from scrimmage per game would likely immediately vault him past Isaiah Crowell in the depth chart.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson, who is in a relationship with Simpson’s probably daughter Khloe Kardashian, has reportedly been active in recruiting The Juice to Cleveland.