The Cleveland Browns today waived defensive back Dimitri Patterson.
Patterson, who joined the club as an unrestricted free agent in 2011, appeared in seven contests this season with four starts. He totaled 28 tackles and broke up five passes.
Patterson had reportedly opted to not return to the field until he was 100 percent, concerned that video would not appear favorable for future employers if he were attempting to defend passes on an injured ankle.
He was signed to the Browns in the off-season, agreeing to a 3-year, $16.05 million deal — $15 million was paid this year with $6 million guaranteed — but missed the bulk of the regular season with an ankle injury. Given the lack of depth in the Cleveland secondary coupled with the recently signed contract, this move comes as a bit of a surprise.