Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Miguel Maysonet is claimed off waivers by Cleveland Browns

Newsday - Although Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet went undrafted and then was waived on Monday after signing with Philadelphia, his value as a potential NFL player was validated Tuesday when Cleveland claimed him on waivers. Several teams were interested in Maysonet, according to Seawolves coach Chuck Priore, but as the sixth team in the waiver claim order, the Browns were the highest to put in a claim.
Priore, whose agent, Joe Linta, also represents Maysonet, said the running back remained upbeat after being waived so quickly by the Eagles, whose new coach, Chip Kelly, reportedly disagreed with the personnel department about Maysonet. "Miguel, his agent and I felt he would be picked up eagerly by somebody and it would work positively," Priore said.
Maysonet, who reportedly received a $10,000 signing bonus plus the rookie minimum of $405,000, will be joining a team that started 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Trent Richardson at running back last season and that on Tuesday re-signed Brandon Jackson, a starter for Green Bay in 2011. The Browns also have veterans Montario Hardesty, Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya.
New coach Rob Chudzinski brought in former San Diego coach Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. "I think Miguel will fit," Priore said of Turner's system. "They line the guy up behind the quarterback and run power, and they do zone [blocking] stuff. He's part of the pass game, but I think it's a good offense for him from what I know of what Norv Turner has done in the past.
"I think Cleveland took him with the intention of giving him an opportunity. That's what you look for, so we're excited."