The Browns cut safety Jamoris Slaughter and signed offensive lineman Alex Parsons and kicker/punter Jake Rogers on the eve of the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp, which will run today through Thursday.
Former CEO Joe Banner and ex-General Manager Mike Lombardi thought Slaughter could enter the mix to start at free safety after they drafted him in the sixth round (No. 175 overall) last year. But coming off a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon he suffered as a senior at the University of Notre Dame, Slaughter was bothered by several leg injuries last year and never came close to challenging starter Tashaun Gipson. Slaughter spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad.
By waiving Slaughter, 24, on Monday and severing ties with veteran linebackers Quentin Groves and Larry Grant last week, the Browns created openings on their roster that they filled with Parsons and Rogers. Parsons, 26, should compete for a backup role on the offensive line, and Rogers, 27, will have a chance to push kicker Billy Cundiff and punter Spencer Lanning.
The 6-foot-4, 301-pound Parsons signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from the University of Southern California, where he played guard, and spent two seasons on the Raiders’ practice squad. In 2012, he appeared in all 16 games with one start at center. The Raiders waived Parsons when they trimmed their roster to 53 players last summer.
The 6-2, 220-pound Rogers signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He has spent time with the Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins without appearing in a game.
A University of Cincinnati product, Rogers appeared in four preseason games with the Buccaneers in 2011. He converted all three field-goal attempts and five extra-point kicks. He also booted six punts for 250 yards (41.7 average).
Audition but no deal
The Browns worked out veteran outside linebacker Edgar Jones on Monday, but they didn’t sign him. NationalFootballPost.com first reported the audition.
Jones, 29, is familiar with the Browns’ coaching staff. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2007 and spent his first two seasons with new Browns coach Mike Pettine serving as his position coach.
The 6-4, 262-pound Jones also has played for the Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs. He has appeared in 64 regular-season games with no starts, compiling 38 tackles, including 1½ sacks, and a forced fumble. He has been a special teams contributor throughout his career.
Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson told reporters during a charity softball game in Dearborn, Mich., this past weekend that he’s looking forward to facing the Detroit Lions in the preseason opener Aug. 9 at Ford Field. Burleson spent the past four seasons with the Lions.
“Are you kidding me? I’m racking my brains to figure out what celebration I’m going to do because I’m going to get a fine. I’m going to get a fine. Period,” Burleson said. “I’m going to go to my coach to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to get a fine, it’s going to be something crazy.’ It’s going to be a little bit of an appreciation celebration to the fans and the city of Detroit. It’s also going to be a poke in the back saying you should have kept me because I’m still balling.
“You know me, I’m a prideful individual, so I’m going to do something that’s representing Cleveland, representing Ohio and it’s going to be fun and flashy. And I plan to get off that game. It might be the best game of the year … I’ll probably go [for] 200 yards.”
Nate Ulrich can be reached at email@example.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NateUlrichABJ and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports.