Cleveland Browns Rookie Larry Asante Claimed By Bucs, Followed By Roster Shakeup

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Cleveland Browns Rookie Larry Asante Claimed By Bucs, Followed By Roster Shakeup
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Another disappointing moment for the Cleveland Browns' 2010 draft class, as safety Larry Asante of Nebraska was signed by Tampa Bay on Tuesday off the practice squad. Preceding that announcement, former 2010 Browns draft pick Clifton Geathers was released by Miami on Friday, only to quickly be signed to the Seattle Seahawks.

The remaining late-round pick of Cleveland, Carlton Mitchell, is safe on the active roster and has been since the beginning of the season.

The practice squad roulette didn't stop there however as recently signed return-man Clifton Smith, formerly of Tampa Bay, was released to make room for practice squad member, Jordan Norwood.

A wide receiver and coaches son out of Penn State University, Norwood is known for his quickness, ability to keep the defender off-balanced, and also winning the 2009 State Farm College Football All-Star Challenge Hands Competition over current New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks. Norwood works best out of the slot receiver role, but also has experience returning punts and kicks.

A swap of offensive linemen on the practice squad brought back a familiar face to Cleveland, Phil Trautwein. After an injury settlement, the Rams released the former lineman of the National Champion Florida Gators unit, before his returning to the Browns this week. To clear room for Trautwein, the Browns released OL John Malecki from the practice squad.

Rounding out the list of new practice squad members is wide receiver Rod Windsor. Formerly an AFL standout with the Arizona Rattlers, last season saw him dominate the competition, taking home Offensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and was named first team all-conference.

It remains to be seen if Windsor can make the transition to the NFL, but with a shortage of talent at the position on the Browns' depth chart, it couldn't hurt to take a look.

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