Notes: Trysten Hill latest defensive tackle to agree to deal

General Manager Andrew Berry has continued to make fixing the defensive line a priority in his recent free-agent moves.

Defensive tackle Trysten Hill agreed to a one-year deal on Thursday after defensive tackle Maurice Hurst agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday night, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. None of the moves had been announced by the team.

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Berry’s first two signings this week were Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on defensive end and Dalvin Tomlinson on defensive tackle.

Hill (6ft 3, 308lbs) was a 2019 Cowboys second-round pick from Central Florida. He has struggled with injuries and started five of 31 games, 39 total tackles, seven for losses, 1.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hits.

He’s had a good start to 2020, starting all five games he played before an ACL tear ended his season. Splitting between Dallas and Arizona last year, he had 12 tackles, five for losses, a sack and five quarterback hits in 13 games.

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The Browns hope he stays healthy and can regain his form. The goal is the same with Hurst (6-2, 291).

He was a fifth-round pick for the Michigan Raiders in 2018 and has started 17 of 42 games with eight sacks and one interception. He was limited to two games with the 49ers in 2021 due to ankle and calf injuries and then missed all of last season with a torn bicep sustained in training camp.

** The team announced they had settled with the safety of former chief Juan Thornhill. The three-year, $21 million deal was announced on Wednesday.

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“I can’t wait to get on the field and show Cleveland what I’ve got,” he said in the press release. “Having the chance to play in this defense will be special and I’m grateful to have the opportunity. Let’s go, Dawg Pound.”

** The Browns made the signing of linebacker Sione Takitaki official. It’s a one-year deal worth about $2.6 million.

He is rehabilitating from a cruciate ligament rupture suffered in December and hopes to be ready for the start of the season.

“Taki is a physical player who plays the game hard,” said coach Kevin Stefanski. “He’s a great teammate. He played for us at a high level before his injury last year and is working hard to fully recover.

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