On Monday, the Browns dumped cornerback Dimitri Patterson.
On Tuesday, the Dolphins pounced.
Per a league source, the Dolphins claimed Patterson on waivers.
Patterson, who has a guaranteed base salary of $2.95 million in 2013, will receive $340,000 over the final two weeks of the season from the Dolphins, letting the Browns off the hook.
Patterson is under contract through 2014. Absent a no-trade clause in his contract, Patterson can declare himself a free agent after 2013, a season in which he’s due to earn a base salary of $4.5 million.
It’s a low-risk gamble for Dolphins, who are still technically alive for a playoff berth.