The Browns were awarded running back Thomas Clayton off waivers from the New England Patriots, and they also signed free agent wide receiver Demetrius Williams, the team announced Tuesday. The Browns also waived running back James Davis and wide receiver Yamon Figurs.
Selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Clayton spent the entire 2007 season and the first 14 weeks of the 2008 season on the 49ers’ practice squad before being elevated to the team's 53-man roster for the final two games. He spent the entire 2009 season on injured reserve. Clayton, a Kansas State University product, spent training camp in 2010 with the Patriots before being signed to the Browns' practice squad on Sept. 15. He spent two weeks with Cleveland before being signed to New England’s active roster on Sept. 30. Clayton was inactive for two games he was with the Patriots before being waived this past Saturday.
Picked by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Williams has appeared in 44 games, all with the Ravens, and has started four times. Williams, a University of Oregon product, has recorded 63 career receptions for 1,008 yards with four touchdowns. His most productive season was in 2006, when he caught 22 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns, including a 77-yard touchdown against the Browns on Dec, 17. He was waived by the Ravens on Sept. 4.