The Cleveland Browns made a pair of small roster moves, adding versatile offensive lineman Chris Barker to the roster.
The Cleveland Browns continued to work on the bottom of the roster on Friday by claiming offensive lineman Chris Barker off waivers.
In a corresponding move, the club released defensive lineman Gabe Wright.
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Originally an undrafted free agent out of Nevada, Barker signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2013 and spent the 2016 season on the practice squad for the New England Patriots. (Wonder what he thinks of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo?)
All told, the 6-foot-2 and 305-pound Barker appeared in six regular season games with New England.
At Nevada he was a second team All-WAC selection in 2011 and first team in 2012. The following season, after the Wolf Pack joined the Mountain West Conference, he earned second team honors. He played both guard spots as a four-year starter for the Wolf Pack.
According to his NFL.com profile prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, Barker was considered a day three selection who:
"“isn’t a dominant force, but displays the athleticism to block on the move yet strong enough to hold his ground against bull rushes. He should be a mid- to late-round selection.”"
Wright was a fifth-round selection by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Auburn. He only appeared in seven games with the Lions, however, posting six tackles. He opened the 2016 season as a member of the Browns practice squad and would go on to play in five games, posting four tackles and defending one pass.
Friday’s activity capped a busy day for the Browns as they also signed defensive linemen Myles Garrett and Caleb Brantley to their rookie contracts. Cleveland has now signed seven of its 10 draft picks, a group that includes defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, cornerback Howard Wilson, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson, place kicker Zane Gonzalez and running back Matthew Dayes.
First-round selections Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku, and second-round pick DeShone Kizer, remain the only players not under contract from the 2017 draft class.