The Browns released center Nick McDonald with an injury settlement, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Caplan (on Twitter). McDonald started seven games at center last season while Alex Mack was sidelined with an injury.
McDonald was claimed off waivers by the Browns eleven months ago, just a day after he was cut loose by the Chargers. McDonald stepped into the starting role when he was needed, but the advanced metrics weren’t fond of his work. The 27-year-old (28 in June) graded out as the third worst qualified center in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).