Another one of the perks of being the worst team in football is that you get the first crack at whoever the heck you want on the NFL waiver wire.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the Cleveland Browns have claimed WR James Wright (6-1, 201 lbs) off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals. Wright was a 7th round draft pick by the Bengals in 2014, back when Hue Jackson was still the team’s offensive coordinator.
As a rookie, Wright caught 5 passes for 91 yards and also ran the ball 3 times for 30 yards. A PCL injury forced Wright to miss the remainder of the 2014 and 2015 seasons, though. He returned in 2016, starting 2 games and catching 13 passes for 106 yards on the season. He did not log a reception in either of the Bengals’ two games against the Browns.
Our Bengals affiliate, Cincy Jungle, was surprised that the team waived Wright, attributing it only to concern over the number of knee issues he’s had. Wright also missed three games last season due to knee injuries. Wright was also a contributor on special teams, where he had 4 tackles and 7 assists on the year.