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Browns change tight ends

When the Browns traded a third-round pick to select Martin Rucker in the 2008 draft, there was much excitement in Cleveland about the catch-first tight end.

Just one year later, Rucker is looking to catch another job.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Rucker was waived Tuesday by the Browns, who claimed tight end Greg Estandia off waivers from the Jaguars.

Rucker is known to struggle as a blocker, but he’s probably talented enough to get interest elsewhere in the league, if only on a practice squad.

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14 Responses to “Browns change tight ends”
  1. bearsrule says: Sep 22, 2009 6:04 PM

    The most depressed man on Earth right now is Greg Estandia. Tough break, kid.

  2. #1 says: Sep 22, 2009 6:20 PM

    Yeah, Phil Savage was a real genius.
    Guaranteeing roster bonuses, handing out draft picks like candy… but at least he was a great talent evaluator, right? Right?
    Thanks for nothing, Phil.

  3. lanche says: Sep 22, 2009 6:24 PM

    Great move. Cut the only TE on the roster who actually knows how to catch a football.

  4. billsfanaddict says: Sep 22, 2009 6:25 PM

    was PO’ed when they jumped buffalo to draft this kid… glad he was a bust & that the browns grabbed him in front of us

  5. rebeljon says: Sep 22, 2009 6:33 PM

    Estandia is a beast he will help the run game. He got called for a bogus procedure penalty and the hatchet man (gene smith) cut him. Going from the Jags to the Browns is no upgrade though.

  6. VegasChris says: Sep 22, 2009 6:35 PM

    That’s why the Browns passing game sucks! Poor blocking by the tight end!
    For a minute there, I was beginning to think that, you know, Brady Quinn just sucked!
    Silly me!

  7. Chasehunterj says: Sep 22, 2009 6:58 PM

    He’s 6-9, why doesn’t he try out for the NBA?

  8. ErikInHell says: Sep 22, 2009 7:20 PM

    They need a blocker to the right of RT John St.Clair. St.Clair gave the denver DE a career game on Sunday.

  9. Sow Crates says: Sep 22, 2009 8:03 PM

    Dear Cleveland Browns
    Thanks for paying as much for St. Clair as we did for Kevin Shaffer.
    As bad as he was this past weekend, picture him at left tackle.
    yep. that was the Chicago Bears last year

  10. tobago says: Sep 22, 2009 8:19 PM

    Its no wonder the Jets said goodriddance to this character. Rucker was the only TE with good hands. He will comeback with some team (see Bengals) and kick the Browns a..

  11. Suffering Dawg Fan says: Sep 22, 2009 8:42 PM

    ………………..and when will we have a QB to throw to him.

  12. daffy87 says: Sep 22, 2009 9:33 PM

    Robert Royal has made some pretty solid catches this season and he’s a great blocker, Rucker wasn’t seeing the field ever so I dont see how it hurts to cut someone who never played anyway. Maybe estandia can find a way to contribute.

  13. billsfanaddict says: Sep 22, 2009 10:16 PM

    Royal is underrated, unfortunately he got a bad rap b/c the most noticeable thing about him were his drops. Great blocker though

  14. GoBrowns19 says: Sep 23, 2009 10:52 AM

    Martin Rucker was going to turn this from an 0-16 season to….oh, THAT’S why. This new guy probably won’t help matters. Don’t worry Detroit, you will only live in infamy for one season!

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