Browns awarded WR Rodney Smith on waivers from Minnesota

AP

The Browns claimed a receiver on waivers Friday and waived another receiver off the roster, adding ex-Viking Rodney Smith and releasing LaRon Byrd, the club said.

Smith has appeared in five regular season games, all with Minnesota (2013-14). A Florida State product, Smith (6-5, 220) played in the Vikings’ season-opening win at St. Louis, logging two snaps on special teams and one on offense. The Vikings waived the 24-year-old Smith on Thursday to add quarterback Chandler Harnish to back up Christian Ponder with Teddy Bridgewater out with an ankle injury.

Byrd, 25, appeared in the Browns’ season opener (seven special teams snaps).

The Browns are at the 53-player limit. They have six wide receivers, with Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin the starters.

40 responses to “Browns awarded WR Rodney Smith on waivers from Minnesota

  1. Going from the Vikings to the Browns is a big step up. Cleveland fans actually know the joy and thrill of winning a World Championship at some distant point in their past. These days they fondly tell their grandkids about it, but unlike in Minnesota at least they can tell somebody.

  2. He had a good pre season he has good hands and a good size

    solid pick up

    might not do much until next year

  3. vavikingfan says:
    Oct 3, 2014 7:22 PM
    Minor historical note to firestarter: Those Browns are now the Ravens.
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    The Ravens were a new franchise, made up of former Browns players. All the team records, championships, colors, retired numbers, etc. remained in Cleveland and were reactivated in 1999.

    I doubt if anybody in Cleveland was celebrating the two Super Bowls won by the Ravens.

  4. But LaRon Byrd said he wanted to be more than just on the team, he wanted to be a contributor!! If he showed anything he will show up on the practise squad.

  5. The vikings dropped this receiver so they could sign the much more valuable, Chandler Harnish QB, (former Mr. Irrelevant).

    Rodney Smith moves up from the vikings to the Browns and now has a future with Johnny Football.

    Chandler Harnish may be dropped again after the vikings draft another QB next year.

    That viking GM Rick Spielman is always willing to pull the trigger. I hope he is the GM of the vikings for another 10 years.

  6. A 6′ 5″, 220 lbs receiver? He may end up being a good pick-up. Sometimes, the different between an NFL Star, and a bench warmer, is opportunity.

  7. Good hands, decent size, but has the speed of an O-lineman. The guy was a free agent signee that couldn’t make the team in his second go-round. Not exactly the loss of the century. The Browns are probably ticked that the Vikes picked TE Marquis Grey off waivers. Hope he gets a shot with the Browns.

  8. This is why The Vikings will never get over the hump….they drop a young player with a ton of potential for Chandler Harnish??? He will NEVER play a down for them and they give up someone worth developing? Does anyone else wonder why Rick Speilman still has a job? And I’m a Niners fan so I could care less but come on now.

  9. bobnelsonjr says:
    Oct 3, 2014 8:19 PM.

    Rodney Smith moves up from the vikings to the Browns and now has a future with Johnny Football.

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    Hahahahaha! Somebody actually believes Manziel has a future or will help anybody else have a future, in the NFL. Smith may have a future in the NFL, but not because of Manziel.

  10. The Browns deserve this, after ignoring a very talented WR group during the draft, and even post draft. They were in denial that they have very little depth, and can use all the playmakers they can have on offense. They also need a (good) QB.

  11. Do you Packer trolls have any life rather than refreshing PFT to see if you can dig on the Vikings?
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    You’ve gotta be kidding me, the Vikings trolls here are outrageous, have you conveniently not noticed? It’s impossible to find a post about the packers without Viking trolls. You’re just being overly sensitive to a little salt in the wound after that beat down. Get over it

  12. I’m not sure a lot of you folks know what trolling means…

    PFT comments are not meant for discussion.

  13. GB turds…seriously gloating over a blowout win vs Vikes team missing AP, their #1 QB, their #2 QB, Greenway, Rudolph, and their best OG out for the season. And getting that game at home on a short week.

    Wow…what an achievement. Those “bragging rights” are pathetic.

  14. Looks like Viking fans are still livid over their beat down and still lashing out in anger. It makes it more fun when the Packers ruin their lives.

  15. people in MN live real lives. Sure, we love our Vikes and sports teams. To no end. And it’s tough.

    But we move because we all knew what ponder starting meant. A terrible showing. It snow balled and teddy provides some light.

    But when GB goes bad, what do you guys do? It’s basically your squad, drunk driving, drinking until you pass out in the woods and constantly hitting in your cousins and sisters. Some things never change.

  16. Hey, it was a beat down in GB.

    What are you going to do?

    I know, keep cracking on PFT Packer fans when ever the opportunity arises.
    Let’s keep it real, that’s why we’re (all) here.

    To all the decent Packer posters, my apologies, but border wars are always messy.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to put some band aids on the Viking part of my ego, damn that was a beat down!

  17. mediasloppy says:

    Do you Packer trolls have any life rather than refreshing PFT to see if you can dig on the Vikings?
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    Its all a matter of perspective, I would prefer to look at it from a public service angle. The Viking trolls are so delusional that they endanger themselves with these playoff illusions and hopes for a good team. The so called Packer trolls are doing the Viking fans a service by pointing out the truth and sometimes the truth can be painful. And the truth is the Vikings have finished in last place in 3 out of the last 4 years with 4 out of 5 looking pretty promising. The truth is that you can’t tie up $15 mil in salary cap on a child abuser. And the truth is that no matter how adequate Teddy looked in just one game, his frail build, small hands, and a sieve for an offensive line makes his prospects look pretty dim.

  18. Did I forget to mention that my Vikings have gone one and done an NFL record 48% of the time (13 out of 27 appearances)???? If we ever sniff the playoffs again we’ll get to 50% for sure!!!!

  19. Rodney Smith breathed a sigh of relief when he found out he was LEAVING the Vikings. He became ecstatic when he found out it was to the Browns!!!

  20. cruzer1996 says: Oct 4, 2014 3:31 AM

    The Browns deserve this, after ignoring a very talented WR group during the draft, and even post draft. They were in denial that they have very little depth, and can use all the playmakers they can have on offense. They also need a (good) QB.

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    They’re probably in denial due to that whole goofy thing where their lack of depth has them in the top 15 in points per game without their #1 receiver and running back.

    As for them needing a good QB. I’m pretty sure they’ll get on that. Until then they’ll have to deal with that terrible Brian Hoyer and his horrid 97.5 QB rating and 0 interceptions.

  21. Until Gordon gets back, they need to do anything to keep competitive. If he can catch, then he can play! I mean like we have some choice here. Hoyer is doing fine and a big target with big hands is not at all bad!

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