August 26, 2014

NFL News: Browns claim running backs Bobby Rainey and Dennis Johnson

We knew the Browns would be active, and guessed that running back could be addressed. Now, it apparently has. According to Aaron Wilson and Jason La Canfora, the Browns have claimed Bobby Rainey and Dennis Johnson respectively.

The two running backs are almost identical physical specimens. Rainey is 5’7″ and 207 pounds and Dennis Johnson is 5’6″ and 196 pounds. Presumably, these signings are meant to help the Browns cope with the loss of 5’8″ and 195 pound Dion Lewis.

Rainey has floated around the Baltimore Ravens between the practice squad and short stints on the active roster since being undrafted in 2012. Johnson was cut by the Texans and at least a few comments I’ve read around the web were hoping that he would make it to their practice squad. Johnson played at Arkansas behind Knile Davis, so he was overshadowed.

This could be a case where the Browns are making an “either/or” decision on these two players, or maybe they have designs of keeping them both and cutting loose someone like Brandon Jackson.

[Related: NFL News: Cleveland Browns roster by position]

  • JHop

    Why are the Browns seemingly against bringing on (admittedly older) veterans? There are still some very good veterans out there that could be used to fill key positions. Some immediate names that come to mind are Turner, McGahee, Wells, Slaton, or even Benson at RB, and Rhodes or Mikell at S. They could even use some of those spare draft picks we have next year to swing a trade for BUF’s Byrd, who clearly does not want to play there any longer.

    With so many proven and readily available options and cap space to burn, why not sign one of these guys to a one year deal? No risk and great reward.

  • Jim T.

    It’s all about health, talent, potential and money…………..

  • Phil Smith

    Because they don’t plan on winning this year. It’s more about development and finding long term depth, just like it was last year. No matter what they do with the waiver wire, it’s hardly going to be the deciding factor between a win or a loss. They’re not good enough to make the playoffs, so why not use the depth on young players that can develop into full time players or flipped for assets?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m familiar with Rainey the Texans weren’t going to keep him but still surprised Jackson was let go in place of these two.