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Browns cut three players ahead of NFL draft

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Preparing for the 2017 NFL Draft next week, the Cleveland Browns parted ways with three players Thursday. Cleveland released offensive lineman Alvin Bailey and waived defensive backs Trae Elston and Tracy Howard.

Bailey played just one season with the Browns and started five games. He played at both left and right guard when the team dealt with injuries last year. Bailey began his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 after being an undrafted free agent. He won the Super Bowl as a backup during his rookie year.

In his four-year career, he’s made 13 starts. Bailey should be a decent backup for a team again this fall. The Browns signed offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler and J.C. Tretter in free agency, so they are moving on with those two and whomever else they bring in on the O-line during the draft.

Howard made the Browns last year after being an undrafted free agent. In 15 games, which included three starts, he posted 16 total tackles and 1 pass defense. He also returned 7 kickoffs, averaging 15.9 yards per return.

Elston was an undrafted free agent last year too and signed with the New Orleans Saints on May 2, 2016. A week before the season, though, the Saints released him.

In the middle of October, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent a month on the practice squad. Cleveland signed him to their active roster on Dec. 7. Then in January, he agreed to a reserve/future deal with the Browns. Elston hasn’t played in an NFL game.

The Browns own 11 selections and could also sign several undrafted players at the conclusion of next week’s draft.

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