In fact, Browns HC Mike Pettine told reporters earlier in the week that they knew Draughn was a solid player, but they elected to cut him loose to maintain depth at other positions.
“When Shaun Draughn was here, we knew he was a good football player,” Pettine said. “He got caught up in the numbers game a little bit. We had some other backs we wanted to get out there. It doesn’t surprise us he’s having the success that he’s had. Anybody who knows Shaun and been around him knows he’s a great kid, high character, works hard, will do everything you ask and more. All he does is go out and play hard.”
Draughn, 28, originally signed on with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina back in 2011. He lasted just a few months in Washington before he caught on with a number of teams including the Chiefs, Ravens, Colts, Bears, Chargers, and Browns.
Draughn signed an exclusive rights tender back in March with the Browns, but was unfortunately among their final roster cuts at the start of the season.
This season, Draughn has appeared in nine games and ran for 192 yards on 58 carries (3.3 YPC) to go along with 24 receptions for 164 yards receiving and one total touchdown.