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Transactions: LB Leon Williams Waived, Two Additions to Roster

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The Cleveland Browns made several transactions Tuesday, releasing two players and signing two players to fill their spots.

Players Released

  • LB Leon Williams: Phil Savage now has two fourth-round linebackers that didn't end up amounting to much in Williams and Beau Bell. When Williams, a "veteran", was inactive in Week 1 instead of rookies Kaluka Maiava and David Veikune, it was a sign of things to come. Looking back, you wish the Browns could've kept Bret Lockett over Williams.
  • DB DeAngelo Smith: Here's another player who ended up being of no use to the Browns. We hardly knew you, Mr. Smith.

Players Signed

  • WR/S Ray Ventrone: Ventrone has been in the league since 2005, having ties to two teams. If you guessed that those teams would be the Patriots and the Jets, then you are correct. Ventrone is primarily a safety, but the Patriots worked him out as a backup receiver last year in the preseason. Ventrone is mainly a contributor on special teams.
  • OT Billy Yates: We now have another veteran offensive lineman in Yates, who has been in the league since 2003. He spent his first year with the Miami Dolphins, but played for the Patriots from 2004-2008. Yates ended up starting a few games during his span with New England, filling in for injured players.