The Cleveland Browns are reportedly making a surprising cut at the linebacker position heading into the final half of the 2019 season.
Malik Jefferson, a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, is on his way out.
ESPN NFL insider Field Yates first reported the surprising roster move.
“The Browns have waived LB Malik Jefferson, who has appeared in all nine games this season playing mostly on special teams,” Yates reported.
The Browns have waived LB Malik Jefferson, who has appeared in all nine games this season playing mostly on special teams.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 12, 2019
Jefferson, who turns 23 on Friday, was the No. 78 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Texas.
The former five-star recruit was one of the best linebackers in college football during his time with the Longhorns. Jefferson was a freshman All-American in 2015 and the Big 12’s co-defensive player of the year in 2017.
After a standout collegiate career, Jefferson has failed to make a significant impact in the NFL. He recorded just 10 tackles in his rookie season with Cincinnati and didn’t start a game. The Bengals placed Jefferson on Injured Reserve in December and cut him before the 2019 season.
After a brief stint with the Browns, he’ll hit waivers where he’ll be eligible to play for a new team.
It’s a tough break for the former Longhorns star.
Stay tuned for the latest.