The Cleveland Browns continued to tinker with their secondary on Tuesday, signing 2013 sixth-round safety Jamoris Slaughter to a four-year deal. In the meantime, the team also released safety Eric Hagg, who was a seventh-round selection in 2011.
The move doesn’t come as much of a surprise. While Hagg was the starting free safety when the season began, he quickly fell out of favor and really only reappeared out of necessity.
Hagg was drafted in the last round, so expectations for him were certainly tempered. Of course, Slaughter was drafted in the sixth round, so the Browns are still dealing with a position that could use a serious upgrade. They’re hoping that Slaughter is a late-round steal, which happens far less than any team cares to admit.
Nevertheless, this is a pretty basic move of a new front office inserting its own players into a new system.