After finding his new home in Cleaveland, the former Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill reiterated his commitment to his new team and also expressed his optimism for this season’s success for his new squad.
With the 63rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Thornhill in the second round and he played four seasons in Kansas City up until that point in his NFL career.
The optimistic outlook of Juan Thornhill!
Thornhill was a part of the defendant champion, however many of his fans are curious as to why the safety made the leap to sign with the Browns, and he provided an optimistic answer to their question during his most recent appearance at a press conference.
Being the most recent Super Bowl champions, Patrick Mahomes‘ team is undoubtedly enjoying itself immensely, yet the former teammate of Mahomes believes that not every team will win the trophy every year, in addition, there is a chance for another team that is relatively low on the standings to do so.
“So I like to be like the underdog a little bit,” Thornhill said. “Going into the season, not everyone thinking that you’re going to be like the No. 1 team. Kansas City, everybody put them up there No. 1. They think they’re going to win every year.
By signing him, the Browns demonstrated their attraction to the former Chiefs star while bolstering their defense in the beginning phases of free agency, additionally, the 27-year-old also expressed a strong sense of teamwork and devotion as well as his desire to elevate the Browns to the top tier of the league like the Chiefs,
“But me coming here, I feel like I can add something to the team and bring something to the team to get us to that top level, and I just will feel accomplished if we did that.”
When did the Browns add Thornhill to their roster?
The Browns were in desperate need of a veteran player to fill the void left by the release of their safety, John Johnson, in February. In the same month, they finally succeeded by signing Juan to a three-year, $21 million contract, with $14 million fully guaranteed over the first two years.
The Virginia product participated in 65 games for the Chiefs, starting 52 of them, and is considered by many as one of the most talented safeties in the NFL. During his time in Kanas City, he recorded 234 combined tackles, 20 passes defended, and 8 interceptions.
JT gradually established himself as a capable tackler and a courageous free safety. Having tasted the last Super Bowl, the veteran safety appears to be aiming for another championship, though this time with the Browns.