There were rumors swirling with regards to the possibility of Terrance West being traded as the final cuts were being made on Saturday.
Those didn’t materialize, but less than 24 hours later, they did.
West was traded to the Tennessee Titans for a conditional 2016 draft pick. The Browns made the announcement in a release citing GM Ray Farmer as making the announcement. Farmer begins a four-week suspension at 12:01 am Monday as a result of his role in texting the sidelines during last season.
West was a third-round pick in 2014 (94th overall), that the Browns targeted and even traded up for, but he was in and out of the dog house of Mike Pettine throughout the season.
On Friday, Pettine was asked if West was in good standing with the Browns.
“Terrance has had his – it’s been well documented – ups and downs,” Pettine said. “He flashes at times just brilliance and then other times where he gets a minus on the grade sheet, and that’s always been, some of the issues that we’ve had with him. We know he can do it. It just has to be on a more consistent basis. That’s one of the reasons why we felt like he needed to get a good amount of work (against the Bears).”
West rushed for 673 yards with four touchdowns in 14 games last season. West rushed for 100 yards in his very first NFL game against the Steelers and had 94 yards against the Bengals and the Ravens in the season finale.
Filling West’s roster spot is offensive lineman Austin Pasztor, who was released by the Jaguars on Saturday.
Pasztor (6-7, 308) is in his third NFL season out of Virginia. Originally signed by Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Pasztor has appeared in 26 games with the Jaguars. He has started 23 career games with three starts at left guard and 20 at right tackle. Pasztor started eight games at right tackle last season.
The Browns have yet to announce their 10 players to their practice squad, but offensive lineman Andrew McDonald’s agent posted to his twitter account that McDonald would be re-joining the Browns.