It’s bad enough worrying about job security as a fringe player in the NFL. When a new general manager gets hired midseason and talks about not having real football players, though, those guys on the back end of the roster have to know their time could be up at any moment. For LB Deon King, that time is now.
On Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have claimed LB Jeremy Cash off waivers from the New York Giants. King was waived in the corresponding roster move. This season, King had 1 tackle and 1 assist on special teams.
Cash (6-0, 230 lbs) was originally an undrafted free agent who signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2016. In 9 games with the Panthers, he logged 6 special teams tackles. Most of this season, he spent time in New York -- first on the Jets' practice squad, and then on the Giants' roster the past three weeks (although he did not play).
The Browns could have more unfamiliar faces taking the field over the next two weeks. The team already signed B.W. Webb the other day, part of a fury of tryouts the club held earlier in the week:
Browns' tryouts: Max Bullough, Makinton Dorleant, Trevon Hartfield, Demetrius McCray, Sheldon Price, James Sample, Jimmy Staten, Kelvin Taylor, B.W. Webb and Earl Wolff— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 20, 2017
The tryouts included a mix of mostly cornerbacks and safeties, with a linebacker, defensive end, and running back thrown into the mix.