Browns claim 5 off waivers, 4 of them defensive players

Carl Nassib, Jamie Meder among 5 waived to make room

Daryl Ruiter
September 02, 2018 - 2:23 pm
Cleveland Browns defensive end Carl Nassib (94) runs a drill during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Complex.

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Cleveland (92.3 The Fan) – With top waiver priority, general manager John Dorsey placed claims on 5 players Sunday while cutting another Hard Knocks star.

Dorsey added former Rams center Aaron Neary, former Ravens defensive tackle Carl Davis, former Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, former Cardinals defensive back Tavierre Thomas and former Bills linebacker Tanner Vallejo according to the league's transaction wire.

To make room defensive end Carl Nassib, defensive tackle Jamie Meder, backup center Austin Reiter, linebacker Jermaine Grace and defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon were waived.

“As we sit here today, we have actually turned the roster over 59 percent from last year’s roster. That does not happen unless you have a plan,” Dorsey said. “At the end of the day, I think that we are a better football team on both sides of the line of scrimmage. I think that our skill groups have a lot of young and upcoming guys. That is all that you can ask for.”

Nassib became a fan favorite after the HBO show produced by NFL films featured him weekly, including a scene during the first episode where he gave fellow teammates financial advice. 

Meder, a Parma Heights native, will forever be remembered for his blocked field goal on Christmas eve 2016 against the Chargers that spared the franchise from back-to-back 0-16 seasons and a 35-game losing streak entering the season opener this week against Pittsburgh.

Neary started 1 game for Los Angeles last season and is on his fourth team in 3 years after being signed as an undrafted free agent by Denver in 2016.

Davis played in 28 games over the last 3 seasons, including 9 starts last year, for Baltimore after being selected in the third round of the 2015 draft.

Odenigbo was a seventh-round pick in 2017 for Minnesota.

Thomas was signed by Arizona as an undrafted free agent this year while Vallejo, picked in the sixth-round of the 2017 draft, played 15 games last year for Buffalo.

“We were able to again add some more talent to our team, and in the process of doing that, there are some players that have been here that we had to let go,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. ”That is always tough to do, but at the end of the day our No. 1 job is to make the football team the best that we can make it and to give our fans what they truly deserve, which is a winner.”

The Browns also added 4 players to the reserve/injured list: fullback Danny Vitale, defensive back Justin Currie, defensive end Lenny Jones and receiver CJ Board. Board, Currie and Jones were waived/injured on Friday while Vitale was waived/injured Saturday.