Browns claim former 49ers running back


The Browns wanted to acquire 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh in February.  As the season approaches, the Browns will have to settle for acquiring San Francisco players.

According to Matt Maiocco of, the Browns have claimed former 49ers running back Glenn Winston.

Winston, who joined the 49ers after Kendall Hunter was lost for the season, served six months in jail in college for a fight with a hockey player.  Another fight resulted in a violation of probation, and another six months in jail, after a fight with a fraternity member.

The history makes Winston potentially radioactive under the beefed-up policy on domestic violence, sexual assault, and assault and battery.

But with Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya cut by Cleveland, the Browns have needs at the position.  Whether Winston helps fill those needs remains to be seen.

Winston’s preseason performance included a 27-yard touchdown run against the Chargers a week ago.  He finished the day with 58 yards on eight carries.  In the preseason finale against the Texans, Winston had 11 carries for 55 yards.