The Cleveland Browns have traded running back Terrence West to the Titans for a conditional draft pick in 2016, General Manager Ray Farmer announced on Sunday.
A former third-round selection in 2014, West lasted just one season in Cleveland. During his rookie season he ran for 673 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games, while splitting carries with fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell. He also made 11 receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown in his rookie campaign.
Reportedly involved in trade talks last week, West seemed to be the odd man out following the selection of Duke Johnson in the 2015 draft and Isaiah Crowell’s improvement this off-season.
With Farmer’s four-game suspension beginning Monday, Sunday seemed to be the last logical day that a deal could happen for West, if the rumors of his departure were to be true. Although he survived the roster cuts on Friday, the Browns seemed intent on trading the second-year running back whether due to having a crowded backfield, or some other issues. The Browns reportedly struggled in training camp with West’s maturity and willingness to be coached.
Following the Browns final preseason game on Thursday, head coach Mike Pettine made it clear that West’s biggest issue was his consistency.
“Terrance has had his — it’s been well documented — ups and downs,” Pettine said, per the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “He flashes at times just brilliance and then other times where he gets a minus on the grade sheet, and that’s always been, some of the issues that we’ve had with him. We know he can do it. It just has to be on a more consistent basis.”
With the 53-man roster finalized on Friday, the Browns claimed offensive lineman Austin Pasztor, from the Jacksonville Jaguars, to take West’s spot on the roster.
Pasztor is in his third season out of Virginia. The 6-foot-7, 308-pound lineman was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but was later cut and signed by the Jaguars. The Fork Union Military Academy graduate appeared in 26 games with Jacksonville, including 23 starts (three at left guard and 20 at right tackle). Pasztor brings even more versatility to a Browns offensive line that seemed to already have plenty.