New Cleveland Browns general manager cast veteran receiver Kenny Britt aside quickly after taking control of his new job, and he’s now made a series of moves that shook up the bottom of the team’s roster.
New additions to the team’s 53-man roster include defensive end Lavar Edwards, receiver Matt Hazel, and offensive lineman Geoff Gray. To make room for the new signings, the team announced it waived receiver Bryce Treggs, defensive end Tyrone Holmes, and defensive tackle T.Y. McGill.
The team also added offensive linemen Laurence Gibson and Ian Silberman to its practice squad and released offensive lineman Korren Kirven from the squad.
Gray is a 6-foot-5, 315-pound rookie offensive lineman from Manitoba, Canada. He signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent before spending this season on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Gray has college experience at both guard and tackle.
Hazel is a familiar face in the NFL draft circles. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver was a popular name leading up to the 2014 NFL draft, where he was selected in the sixth round by the Miami Dolphins. Hazel has appeared in nine total NFL games, four with the Indianapolis Colts this season, and has just one catch for one yard to date.
Edwards is a little more battle tested, the 6-foot-4, 271-pound defensive end is in his fifth NFL season, and now on his eighth team after being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He has appeared in 21 total games, and has recorded 21 tackles, two sacks and two passes defensed.
Hazel and Edwards both have something Treggs and Holmes do not, and it’s size. Edwards’ signing may be aimed at filling the void left when Emmanuel Ogbah was placed on injured reserve late last month.
Edwards will likely be a contributor in run defense down the stretch as the Browns attempt win one of their final three games to avoid joining an embarrassing list of teams that have finished an entire NFL season without winning one single game.