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Cleveland Browns Claim Vincent Taylor Off Waivers, Sign A.J. Green to Practice Squad

Former Cowboy sack leaders land with the teams that drafted each other.




Things have a funny way of working out in the business that is the National Football League.

The first lesson most young players learn is that the NFL is, in fact, a business. The latest example of this is a game of musical chairs (of sorts) played between former OSU D-linemen and teammates.

On Sunday, ESPN’s Jake Trotter reported that former OSU defensive tackle was claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Browns. Also, former OSU cornerback A.J. Green was signed to the Browns’ practice squad after missing the 53-man roster cut this week.

Taylor’s former fellow Cowboy D-lineman, Emmanuel Ogbah, was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent two years in Cleveland before being traded to the eventual Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs last season. (He’s now with the Miami Dolphins.)

Funny enough, Taylor was taken by the Dolphins in the sixth round a year after Ogbah was drafted. He quickly became one of the highest-rated interior linemen in the league — an unsung sophomore success on a franchise in demise. Unfortunately, both of his first two seasons were ended by injury.

Taylor was ultimately waived by the Dolphins quickly following a regime change in 2019 and spent most of last season on the Buffalo Bills practice squad before being promoted to the active roster and appearing in three games down the stretch.

When the music stopped both former OSU sack leaders found a seat in each other’s former chair. This offseason the Dolphins signed Ogbah to a two-year, $15-million contract.

Green went undrafted and signed with the Browns organization before camp. When the active roster was trimmed on Saturday he found himself on the outside but after clearing waivers will have another chance to earn his way onto the field in Cleveland.

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