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Rucker waived, Estandia claimed

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 22, 2009

Browns second-year tight end Martin Rucker was waived Tuesday in a flurry of roster moves and tight end Greg Estandia was claimed off waivers from Jacksonville to take his place.

In addition, free agent defensive back Anthony Madison was signed and defensive back Marquis Floyd was waived.

The Browns traded a third-round pick in this year's draft to Dallas to acquire the pick to select Rucker in the fourth round in 2008. Rucker set a school record at Missouri with 203 career catches and finished second in Tigers' history with 2,175 receiving yards. But the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder had been inactive the first two games for new coach Eric Mangini.

Possibly held back by his lack of blocking skills, Rucker played in five games last season and started one, catching two passes for 17 yards. Rucker's departure means only two of the five 2008 draft picks -- nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin and outside linebacker Alex Hall -- remain on the roster. Released earlier this summer were receiver Paul Hubbard and linebacker Beau Bell.

Estandia, 6-foot-8 and 266 pounds, entered the league with Cincinnati in 2006 as a undrafted free agent from UNLV. He was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars that May and spent that season on the practice squad.

In 2008, Estandia caught a career-high 10 passes for 113 yards and finished third on the team with 14 special teams tackles. He had no receptions this season and has totalled 19 receptions for 249 yards in the previous two years.

Estandia lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Moorpark (Calif.) High School.

Madison, 5-9 and 180 pounds and a native of Thomasville, Ala., has spent time with Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. He played in 38 games for the Steelers from 2006-08.

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