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.
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.