The Browns claimed safety Sabby Piscitelli off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Thursday.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Piscitelli, a second-round (64th overall) pick out of Oregon State in the 2007 NFL draft, has appeared in 45 career games with 20 starts. He has recorded five interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
He appeared in all 11 games with the Buccaneers this season, compiling 13 tackles and one interception.
After Piscitelli lost his starting job to former Browns safety Sean Jones in training camp this past summer, he said didn't receive a fair shot from the coaching staff. He was waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday because of what he called an "internal thing."
"I was starting there for a year and a half, and we didn't see eye to eye," Piscitelli said. "I guess I think it was the best bet for me to get out of there. I'm just happy to be here. That's all I gotta say about that. (I'm) just looking forward. I'm excited to be with the Cleveland Browns."