The Cleveland Browns season isn’t over (even if it looks like it), literally and figuratively, which means general manager Andrew Berry will continue to scour the earth for players to help the team. . Berry has often beaten the bottom of the roster, but recently has looked to shore up the middle of the defense.
A few weeks ago, Cleveland traded for LB Deion Jones and signed DT Tyeler Davison to their practice squad. While Davison has yet to be activated, Jones has become more important now than the two Anthony Walker Jr. and Jacob Phillips are out for the year.
On Friday afternoon, Berry’s search continued with three training sessions.
Broughton, who is 6-foot-2, 300 pounds, was a seventh-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019. He played in 11 games for the Chargers where he combined nine tackles. He played one game for Kansas City last year without registering a tackle.
The Chiefs waived Broughton with a failed physical designation in July, but brought him back to their practice squad in September. He was released by the team earlier this month.
Selected in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Bengals, Evans has played in 65 games over the past five seasons, including nine starts. After playing in 51% of defense snaps in 2018, Evans’ snaps have mostly come on special teams over the past three seasons.
The former Oklahoma star tore his ACL in Week 5 of the 2021 season.
The highest drafted of the three players, O’Daniel was a third-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. In four years with the Chiefs, O’Daniel had just 58 tackles. He only played 341 snaps in defense, including 302 in his rookie season.
Primarily a special teams player (1,131 snaps in four seasons), O’Daniel has also worked for the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots over the past three weeks.