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Former Browns LB David Veikune Released from CFL Team

What a glorius representation of Veikune's career with the Browns.
What a glorius representation of Veikune's career with the Browns.
Justin K. Aller

He was a second-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2009 NFL Draft.

He was part of the reason the Browns received a "D" grade for that draft, after not lasting more than a year with the club and not having recorded a single tackle with the team.

He was named the Browns' No. 1 draft bust by us in a series we ran two offseasons ago.

His name? David Veikune. Some of you may recall that in 2011, Veikune signed on with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders as a defensive end. On Friday, it was announced that the Roughriders released Veikune, though. In 2012, Veikune only registered 7 tackles on defense for the Roughriders, although he did have 3 sacks. One of the people taking Veikune's place is Yamon Figurs, a wide receiver/return man. Funny enough, Figurs' last NFL regular season action came in 2010...with the Browns...under the Mangini regime. He played one game and lost four yards on an end around.

Hey, maybe this is actually a sign of the stars aligning: Eric Mangini drafted Veikune in 2009, Veikune was released on Friday, and Mangini was hired as a consultant for the 49ers on Saturday. It could happen, right? /sarcasm