On Monday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have been assigned DB Tigie Sankoh through the NFL’s International Player Development program.
Sankoh (5-11, 214 lbs) attended the American Football Academy at Filton College in Bristol, England. He played for the London Warriors in the British American Football League. Through the program, Sankoh will not count against the team’s 90-man roster until final cutdowns are due.
The international program began in 2017 and “aims to provide international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.” In 2018, teams in the AFC North will each carry their assigned player on the roster through the end of training camp.
At the end of camp, the Browns would have the opportunity to name Sankoh to their 53-man roster. However, the more likely outcome would involve them taking advantage of the special “international player practice squad exemption” that they will be awarded. That will allow each AFC North team to carry an 11th member on their practice squad, but that player will be ineligible to be activated during the season.
The team also officially confirmed the signing of QB Brogan Roback, which we reported last week. So yes, that is a real name.