The Cleveland Browns signed defensive tackle Eli Ankou off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on Tuesday.
Ankou, who is 6-foot-3 and 325 pounds, has spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
We've signed DT Eli Ankou to our active roster from Jacksonville’s practice squad— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 22, 2019
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Ankou was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans out of UCLA. He appeared in 11 games with the Jaguars and posted 19 tackles and 1.5 sacks while spend much of his time on the team’s weekly inactive list, according to Jaguars Wire.
Jacksonville released Ankou during their final roster cutdown, but resigned him to the practice squad and Ankou has resided their through the first seven weeks of the season.
A few days ago, Ankou was mentioned in a jacksonville.com article about how Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell budgets about $100,000 a year for body maintenance that includes weekly acupuncture treatments, dry needling sessions, chiropractor visits, message therapists and the use of his own hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
While Ankou is not pulling down the same salary level as Campbell, he said he is interested in doing what it takes to extend his career and drops around $2,000 per season on body maintenance:
“I don’t have that Calais money, but I’m 100 percent with it. I take care of my body because that’s what get you through the year. Otherwise, you start failing apart.”
The Browns had an open roster spot after last week’s trade of offensive lineman Austin Corbett to the Los Angeles Rams, so the team did not have to make a roster move to add Ankou.
Cleveland did sign linebacker Montrel Meander to the practice squad and released running back Elijah McGuire from the practice squad to make room for Meander, who spent 12 weeks on Cleveland’s practice squad last season.