NFL News: Browns claim DB Jordan Poyer; Bobby Rainey claimed by Buccaneers

The Cleveland Browns were awarded defensive back Jordan Poyer off the waiver wire on Monday.

Poyer is a 6-0, 191-pound defensive back in his rookie season out of Oregon State. Selected by the Eagles in the seventh round (218th overall), he appeared in three games and registered two tackles on defense and one on special teams.

A consensus All-American as a senior at Oregon State, and semifinalist for the Bednarik (top defensive player) and Thorpe (top cornerback) awards, Poyer is a native of Astoria, Ore., where he attended Astoria High School. A two-sport athlete, Poyer also was an outfielder briefly at Oregon State, and was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 42nd round of the 2009 MLB draft.

The Browns waived DB Julian Posey to make room for Poyer. The Bengals also put in a waiver claim for Poyer, but the Browns had the higher waiver wire priority.

Additionally, former Browns RB Bobby Rainey was awarded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  • Big Z

    Welcome. I hope you are well-conditioned!

  • Tone

    Hilarious, I wanted the Browns to draft him so bad in April. Every round from the 4th on I waited for them to pick him. He has height for a corner and is great at takling. He’ll probably get more playing time this year than Leon Sandcastle!

  • Natedawg86

    If he was consensus all american as a senior at Oregon St, and a semifinalist as top defensive player and cornerback, how did he fall all the way to the 7th rd?

  • mgbode

    ran a 4.6 40. also rumored at the time that teams were scared off his MRI his knee (he had injured it).

    he was considered a round 2-3 pick for most of the season.

  • Natedawg86

    Interesting. I looked up his combine profile and it said he was the top performer in the 60 yd shuttle. I see snippets of him mentioned as a returner, and special teamer. Is that where we can expect to see him if anywhere?

  • mgbode

    I pray that he’s better than Owens (where is McFadden?), but there’s a decent chance he’s still damaged goods right now. He’s built more like a PR and we have one of the best there already. He could be a good gunner (good tackler).

  • Drvinkman

    from Astoria, he was the Starting Quarter Back here and took the team to State Champions. The Kid knows how to play and win!!