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Browns sign wide receiver Braxton Miller

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Three-year veteran joins crowded position group after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Braxton Miller on Wednesday.

To make room on the roster, the club waived tight end Mik’Quan Deane with a non-football illness.

Miller was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Texans, appearing in 21 games and catching 34 passes for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Texans waived Miller prior to the 2018 season and he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent the year on the practice squad.

The Eagles released Miller over the weekend after he failed to make any kind of impact with the team, according to Daniel Gallen at pennlive.com:

Miller’s release ends a disappointing stint in Philadelphia that lasted nearly a year. The Eagles signed him to the practice squad last September, but the former third-round pick did not break onto the active roster despite a rash of injuries and lack of production at wide receiver. Through the spring and summer, Miller rarely flashed, and he was overshadowed by fellow roster hopefuls Marken Michel, Greg Ward Jr.and Carlton Agudosi.

It is a puzzling signing by the Browns as the wide receiver position is already a crowded one.

The top three roster spots are set with Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins, while Jaelen Strong, Derrick Willies and D.J. Montgomery have all shown flashes at time during camp and the preseason.

And despite his four-game suspension, there is little reason to believe that general manager John Dorsey will give up on second-year wide receiver Antonio Callaway anytime soon.

Adding a player like Miller, who has shown little in his time in the NFL and has a short window to show the Browns anything, is a head scratcher.