The Cleveland Browns traded one veteran defensive tackle for another, releasing Desmond Bryant and signing former Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Brandon Thompson.
Thompson was released by the Bengals on August 20 after spending five seasons with Cincinnati. The former Bengals third-round pick finished his time there with 34 total tackles and three sacks in seven starts. He appeared in 39 total games.
His release by Cincinnati was abrupt but not completely unexpected. Thompson missed the 2016 season after tearing his ACL in the final game of the 2015 season. The team liked him enough to restructure his contract to keep him around, but ultimately went in a different direction.
Thompson’s not known as a pass-rusher, and not particularly proficient as a gap-filler when lined up over center in a nose or shaded technique.

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