Browns awarded LB Kevin Martin, waive DB Trevin Wade
The Cleveland Browns executed a similar move where they picked up a player while parting ways with another on Wednesdays. The team announced they have claimed linebacker Eric Martin off waivers from the New Orleans Saints. In a corresponding move, the Browns also waived cornerback Trevin Wade, to make roster room following the Martin signing.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Martin originally signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska, and flashed some ability early during training camp this summer. However, Martin’s training camp success did not translate into the preseason, and the Saints cut ties with him despite being very thin at the linebacker position. However, the Browns clearly saw something in Martin worth giving him another shot. The rookie is now expected to be on hand when the Browns play the Chicago Bears in their preseason finale this Thursday.
In three preseason games for the Saints, Martin tallied one special-teams tackle.
The former Nebraska product was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior, and led the Cornhusker with 8.5 sacks and also amassed 59 total tackles in 2012.
Wade entered the league with the Browns last season, after he was selected in the out of Arizona in the seventh-round of the 2012 NFL draft. He appeared in 13 games last season, compiling 11 tackles on defense. But the arrival of Leon McFadden via the 2013 NFL draft and acquisition of free agent Christopher Owens pushed Wade down the depth chart. A shoulder injury sustained during practice, which has him sidelined since Aug. 17, delivered the final blow to Wade’s career in Cleveland.