Browns Just Stole A Promising Rookie Off Waivers From the Dolphins
By Max Staley
The Cleveland Browns have had a very non-Brownsian offseason (injury issues aside). They've beefed up the offensive line, added one of the best playmakers available in free agency in Austin Hooper and extended superstar defensive end Myles Garrett. All in all, the team's offseason has been really well received, and the bulk of the credit should go to first-year GM Andrew Berry.
The 33-year-old (!) continued his hot streak on Tuesday afternoon, when he claimed Curtis Weaver off of waivers.
The move will take awhile to pay dividends, as Weaver was released due to what is believed to be a serious foot injury, though we don't have any concrete information on his timeline.
Still, this is an incredibly savvy low-risk, high-reward move from Berry. The 22-year-old edge rusher was wildly productive at Boise State, racking up 34.0 sacks across three seasons with the team. He also received a pass-rush grade of 92.8 from Pro Football Focus in 2018. That's the fifth-highest grade they've ever given a pass-rusher, putting him ahead of stars like Nick Bosa and Myles Garrett.
Weaver was widely considered a first- or second-round talent, but he inexplicably fell to the fifth round in the 2020 NFL Draft. Perhaps a fresh start in Cleveland is exactly what Weaver needs to maximize his potential.
Regardless of the outcome, though, this is yet another smart move from the Browns new GM.
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