The Cleveland Browns are rebuilding the defensive secondary and part of the process involved waiving backup safety Tyvis Powell.
The Cleveland Browns continued their string of minor transactions on Friday by waiving safety Tyvis Powell.
Powell spent just a few months with the Browns as Cleveland claimed him off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks shortly after the Super Bowl. The Seahawks originally signed Powell as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in 2016. While he was on Seattle’s roster for the entire season, he only appeared in eight games, making three tackles on special teams.
The Browns got a chance to see Powell on the field during Organized Team Activities, where he worked as a backup safety, which has become a crowded position since he joined the team.
Cleveland drafted Jabrill Peppers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, made a trade with the New York Jets for former first-round draft pick Calvin Pryor, signed veteran Jason McCourty, who is rumored to be a candidate to move from cornerback to safety, and signed safety Kai Nacua as an undrafted free agent.
The newcomers join holdovers Ed Reynolds, Derrick Kindred and Ibraheim Campbell, who’s roster spot may also be in danger, as a position group that was the weakest on the defense last season. Along with quarterback, seeing how things shake out at the safety position under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be one of the most interesting storylines in training camp this summer.
There was some speculation when Seattle waived Powell it was because of roster numbers, rather than his play, which means he may find his way back to the Pacific Northwest.
Ultimately, though, the Browns came to the same conclusion as the Seahawks and have moved on from Powell.