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Browns Make Deal with Saints for DL Devaroe Lawrence, Announce Release of 19 Players

The Browns Saturday announced transactions, including a trade with New Orleans as they set their roster for the season opener against the Steleers a week from Sunday at First Energy Stadium.

The trade is with the Saints, as the team acquired DL Devaroe Lawrence in exchange for a 2019 seventh-round pick. Lawrence missed all of 2017 on the non-football injury list, but came back and had a solid preseason for the Saints, posting 10 tackles, three for loss, 2.5 sacks and a pass defensed.

He’s 6-2, 295-pounds and officially in his first NFL season out of Auburn.

The Browns list of waived players inclue:

LB B.J. Bello
DL Caleb Brantley
TE Devon Cajuste
RB Matthew Dayes
OL Christian DiLauro
OL Spencer Drango
DL Daniel Ekuale
DL Zaycoven Henderson
RB Dontrell Hilliard
WR Blake Jackson
DB Mike Jordan
DB Montrell Meander
DL Nate Orchard
DB Tigie Sankoh
WR Da’Mari Scott
LB Brady Sheldon
DB Simeon Thomas
P Justin Vogel

Maybe the biggest name of the move is ‘Hard Knocks’ star tight end Devon Cajuste, who had his face on the show quite a bit over the last few weeks and had become a fan favorite.

The Browns preferred to keep tight end Seth DeValve even though he missed a good part of camp and preseason with a quad injury.

It wouldn’t be a shock for the Browns to pick Cajuste up and place him on the practice squad should he not end up with another team.

The team finally waived FB Danny Vitale due to an injury.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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  1. Jocleveland

    September 2, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Brantley, although a surprise is understandable, especially with the signing of Lawrence. Dorsey values effort and desire. Charles was my only never saw it coming player. Although I thought Cajuste was in over his head as a blocker I didn’t connect the dots with the actual need to have a backup blocking TE. That move makes sense.

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