Cleveland Browns Signing Former Stallions WR Austin Watkins

Cleveland Browns Signing Former Stallions WR Austin Watkins

The Birmingham Stallions have sent another player to the NFL. WR Austin Watkins has signed with the Cleveland Browns, making him the third Stallion to officially sign with an NFL team.

Austin Watkins played in the USFL this past season, and performed well despite dealing with some injuries along the way. He finished the year with 197 receiving yards, and a touchdown. In fact, his score was Birmingham’s first of the USFL 2023 season.

Watkins eventually won the USFL 2023 Championship with Birmingham, and now will head to the NFL. He’s a local kid, having played for the UAB Blazers from 2017-2019.

His junior season was quite impressive, racking up 1,092 receiving yards and six touchdowns. After a short stint with the San Francisco 49ers, Watkins ended up heading to the USFL.

After a successful workout with the Cleveland Browns, he has signed with the team ahead of training camp. Had it not been for the platform – and the national exposure – that the USFL provided him with, who knows if this opportunity would have come along.

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