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NorthCoast
09-07-2009, 06:34 PM
Browns claim four players, waive three
By Marla Ridenour
Beacon Journal sports writer


Published on Monday, Sep 07, 2009


The Browns claimed four players off waivers Sunday and waived three players to make room.

Claimed were running back Cedric Peerman from the Baltimore Ravens, offensive tackle Phil Trautwein from the St. Louis Rams, and defensive backs Marquis Floyd from the Seattle Seahawks and DeAngelo Smith from the Dallas Cowboys.

Peerman, 5-foot-9 and 220 pounds, was a sixth-round pick out of Virginia. Although he's considered a No. 2 back, he ran the 40 in 4.34 seconds at the February combine, as well as bench pressing 225 pounds 27 times and hitting 40 inches in the vertical jump. He was the sixth-rated back in ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s ''2009 Draft Report.''

Trautwein, 6-foot-6 and 308 pounds, was a first team All-SEC selection at Florida, where he started 29 of his 46 games played. As a senior, Trautwein started 14 games at left tackle for the BCS national champion. He sat out the 2007 season with a stress fracture in his right foot.

The waived players were linebacker Marcus Benard, offensive lineman Corey Hilliard and defensive back Bret Lockett.

Also on Sunday the Browns reached an injury settlement with offensive lineman Fred Weary, who had been on the injured-reserve list.





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They obviously are not happy with their DBs, but the Trautwein pickup would have been interesting for us. Is there a signing priority for teams' cuts? Is it the same as the draft order or first-come-first-serve? just curious.......

RuthlessBurgher
09-07-2009, 08:34 PM
Is there a signing priority for teams' cuts? Is it the same as the draft order or first-come-first-serve? just curious.......

If the player has 4 accrued seasons or less, he has to pass through waivers, in which the teams with the worst records the previous season have first crack at claiming the player (reverse of the draft order). For example, when the *'s cut QB Kevin O'Connell, Detroit, Cleveland, Denver, and the New York Jets all put in claims for him, but the Lions got him because they were the worst team last year. Of course, the Lions have since traded him to the Jets, but that is irrelevant to this example. If a player has 5 or more accrued seasons, they immediately become a free agent when cut and can sign anywhere without being subjected to the waiver process. For example, when we cut Larry Foote, he was not a waiver claim of the league-worst Lions...he just chose to sign there because it was his hometown. He was free to sign with any of the 30 other teams if he wanted to instead (assuming they had an interest in signing him).

NorthCoast
09-07-2009, 08:44 PM
Thanks RB, that makes sense and is consistent with league goal of trying to make worser teams better.....