Cleveland Browns best practice squad signing No. 1: Sheldon Day, DT
One of the biggest surprise cuts leading up to the deadline this past week was when the Browns let go of Sheldon Day. However, since he’s a vested veteran, he wasn’t exposed to the waiver wire and this led to the belief that he could be re-signed once they moved Jacob Phillips to the injured reserve.
That didn’t happen as they instead re-signed Joe Jackson to the active roster after moving Phillips instead. Jackson’s signing made sense considering their lack of depth on the edge but it’s still a surprise that Day wasn’t part of the active roster after the way he played during the preseason.
The good news is, he didn’t leave. While Day might have been able to get onto an active roster somewhere, he instead decided to stick it out with the Browns and signed with their practice squad.
Back to Day being a vested veteran, this normally wouldn’t have been allowed. NFL rules typically don’t allow a player such as Day — who has been in the NFL for five seasons and played in 60 games — to join the practice squad. In response to COVID-19, the league added six spots to the unit last season and there are no restrictions on experience for those spaces, and the rules carried over to 2021.
Chances are, Day is going to be called to the active roster at some point in 2021, and looking over the players they have now, he seems to be the best signing they made on the squad.