The Cleveland Browns continued their purge on Friday as they work to meet the deadline for the 53-man roster. Seneca Wallace's waiver was the first big cut to surface, and shortly after that, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that tight end Evan Moore was gone as well.
An unheralded Stanford product, Moore had a knack for being on the receiving end of the rare big plays converted by the Browns' offense over the past two years. That led general manager Tom Heckert to give him a three-year, $8.3 million deal just last year. But he was never a favorite of head coach Pat Shurmur, and his release does not come as the biggest surprise at a crowded position for the Browns. Cleveland will now likely move forward with Ben Watson, Alex Smith, and Jordan Cameron. The fifth tight end, Dan Gronkowski, was also reportedly cut on Friday.
Moore really came on the radar two years ago playing under Eric Mangini, where he averaged more than 20 yards per catch and always seemed to be in the right place for a number of big offensive plays. Along with Josh Cribbs, he led the Browns with four touchdowns last season.