On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns claimed 3 players off waivers. With those claims, though, they had to cut 3 more players from their roster.
TRANSACTIONS FOR BROWNS PLAYERS
- OL Drew Forbes - Placed on Injured Reserve (knee)
- DT Trevon Coley - Waived
- S Juston Burris - Waived
There was also stunning news that the Browns were cutting starting left tackle Greg Robinson, but Tom Pelissero quickly said that Cleveland plans to sign him back and that he is still the starting left tackle.
The #Browns have released left tackle Greg Robinson, but they intend to sign him back, source said. He's their starter.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2019
After trying to figure it out on Twitter, I think we have our explanation: on the NFL transaction list at 4 PM today, the move to IR Forbes was not listed on it, but cutting Robinson was listed. The Browns probably placed Forbes on IR after 4 PM, which makes him eligible to return from IR this season. Therefore, releasing Robinson was a “loophole,” and they should re-sign him right away. Brent Sobleski of The OBR notes that he thinks this could also be related to a longer-term deal coming for Robinson, perhaps one that was in place before the “loophole” was taken advantage of.
I'm far from a cap guy, but I'm assuming release is so he can keep original $500K in guarantees, while working on a new deal that also helps the Browns in the short term. Let's not forget: Dorsey wanted a multi-year deal. Robinson and his reps decided on one-year setup.— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) September 1, 2019
Coley was on the bubble as a depth defensive tackle, and Forbes suffered an unfortunate injury in the final preseason game.